BRANSTON John Thomas

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Private John Thomas Branston was born at Oakham on 29 March 1899, the only son and youngest child of Richard and Ada Branston, who later lived at Pickworth Road, Great Casterton. He had two sisters, Edith and Ada. John worked as a plumber and joined up aged 18 on 18 May 1917. He first served first with the East Yorkshire Regiment before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps. He was drafted to France on 1 April 1918, taking part in many battles during the last nine months of the war. On 29 October he was in the fighting around Cambrai, and was said to be " the best of health and spirits, this disposition being a feature of his life, wherever he was. Always smiling and happy." But he seccumbed to 'flu shortly afterwards and died on 4 November, a week before the Armistice. His parents only heard he was ill when they received a letter from the 2nd Stationary Hospital, France, on 6 November to say that he had been admitted there. But by then he was dead. John is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, grave V.A.39, and is remembered on the war memorial in Great Casterton church, and a plaque inside Little Casterton church which was once in Toll Bar Methodist Chapel. John is also remembered on the main war memorial in Stamford, and also on the war memorial outside St Martin's church in the town. It is not known if there is a direct link to Stamford other than the town being very close to his home in Great Casterton. John's cousin, John Thomas Branston Woodward, from Caldecott also died in the First World War. His mother was the sister of John Thomas Branston's father. John Thomas Branston joined up just seven months after his elder cousin was killed.

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  • Great Casterton Church
  • Gt Casterton Memorial
  • Little Casterton war memorial
  • St Martins Church Memorial
  • J T Branston St Martins
  • Stamford War Memorial
  • J T Branston Stamford
  • Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
  • Abbeville Comunal Cemetery Extn 1
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3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 7 January 2015
By John Stokes on Friday 9th January '15 at 9:27am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
The link to St Martins and Stamford was because John Branston lived in The Maltings, Burghley Park with his parents. His father Richard was agricultural worker/gamekeeper on the Burghley estate.
By Mrs O on Sunday 10th November '19 at 8:43pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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