Edward William Brace

Name

Edward William Brace

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/03/1918
39

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
33935
Labour Corps
108th Company

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS
VII. B. 31.
France

UK Memorials

Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo
Hertford Town Memorial
St Andrew's Church Memorial, Hertford
St Andrew's Church Roll of Honour, Hertford

Pre War

Born on 13th November 1879 in Bengeo, Hertford and baptised on 7 Jan 1880 in St Andrew’s Church, Hertford son of Nathan and Eliza Brace and he had four brothers and two sisters. He married Edith Sarah Chapman in 1904 in Hertford but was widowed in 1907 and was living in 20 Balfour Street Hertford with his parents in 1911. There may have been a child, but there is no record of one on the census. He was a bricklayer.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford formerly 33935 Royal Fusiliers 37th Bn. and was killed in action with the Labour Corps. This battalion was formed in May and June 1915 as a Labour Battalion used to build and maintain the vast number of roads, railways, etc. that the army used. In 1917 however, the Labour Corps was formed and many of the men already in Labour Battalion in Infantry regiments were renumbered as their units were transferred to the Labour Corps. On the date of his death Edward was one of hundreds of thousands of casualties at the opening of the German Spring Offensive, such was the problem facing British commanders that labour battalion men were used as emergency riflemen.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins