Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Stretcher Bearer Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice

Unveiling of Linslade War Memorial 1920 [Z1306/74/2/1]

Wednesday 10th May 1916: Private Ernest Brazier, the son of Mrs Brazier of 30 Wing Road, Linslade, has been killed in Flanders. His mother has received a letter from the commanding officer of his Company, part of the Canadian Contingent, describing the bravery which led her son to give up his live trying to save a comrade. Private Brazier, who was a company stretcher bearer had gone down a communication trench which was being swept by artillery fire in an effort to help a wounded man. His sergeant had warned him that it was impossible, but he had replied that duty said he must try. A recommendation had been sent to the colonel, and it was hoped that Private Brazier would receive a posthumous honour.

Ernest Brazier was previously employed at Faith Press, Linslade, but left for Canada three years ago. He joined the Canadian Contingent last summer and had enjoyed four days’ leave in England in September. He would soon have celebrated his 22nd birthday. Two of Private Brazier’s brothers are also serving in the Forces; one is in France, and the other is with the Navy. In another letter of sympathy, a comrade told Mrs. Brazier that her son hardly knew what fear was, and was always bright and cheerful, and very popular with his mates.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 10th May 1916

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