Driver Albert BRAMWELL

Royal Army Service Corps
216th Company
Service Number:
Date of Death:
21 January 1915 - Died
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
AD. 348.

Personal History:
Albert was born at 4 Grin Row, Buxton in the June quarter 1882, and was the eldest son of Wright (Carter - Coal) and Lydia (née Johnson) Bramwell. In 1891 (Census RG 12/2779) he was living at 4 Grin Row with younger siblings, Ada, Emma and Harold. By 1901 (Census RG 13/3269) Albert was employed as a "Greengrocer's Assistant"; he had three more brothers, Walter, Leslie and Clifford, and the family had moved to 15 Davenham Avenue, Buxton.

In 1911 (Census RG 14/21241) brother Charles Alan had been added to the family, which had moved again to 8 Dale View, Buxton. (After the War they moved again to No. 11 Dale View).
However, on 21st November 1905 Albert had married Henrietta Hazeldine, of 73 London Road, at Devonshire Park Chapel, Buxton. In 1911 they were living at 2a Off London Road, Buxton. (1911 Census RG 14/21242) The Census reveals that the couple had had three children in the time they had been married, but all had not survived infancy. The following year, on 26th March 1912, daughter Nellie Elizabeth was born. At the time of his enlistment Albert was 5 ft. 3½ ins. (1.61 m.) tall.

Military History:
Albert enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps ("For the duration of the War") in Buxton just after the start of the War, on 14th November 1914, having previously served with the Derbyshire Yeomanry. His Service papers have survived and show that Albert became ill in January 1915, during training at Aldershot, and was admitted to Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, where he died of 'Bronchitis' on the 21st January 1915. He had served just 70 days with the Colours.

Unlike many Buxton men who died in similar circumstances, he was not brought home but buried in the Military Cemetery close to where he died.

Link to CWGC Record
Albert's grave