Blackmore Area Local History

First World War Commemoration:
Walter Brazier

Died in the First World War.
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Walter Brazier

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Ongar & District War Memorial Hospital Roll of Honour (Blackmore) [ERO A10815]


1st Class Royal Navy.  H.M.S. "Laertes.".  Service No: 311704 [CWGC]

Service Details:

Personal and family information:

Walter Brazier’s name appears in the St Laurence, Blackmore ‘Sunday School Admission Register’ with “age” recorded as “19/11/85”.  [ERO D/P 266/28]

Walter Brazier was born in Highwood in 1885/6, the son of Walter and Sarah Brazier.
He was baptised at Ingatestone.

1901 Census.
Fingrith Hall Road, Blackmore
Walter Brazier. Head. Married. [Age] 40. [Occupation] Pitman (gravel). [Born]
Sarah Brazier.   Wife. Married. [Age] 39. [Born] Ingrave
Walter Brazier.  Son.  [Age] 15.  [Born]: Highwood

Florence Brazier.  Dau.  [Age] 11.  [Born] Mountnessing
Mary Brazier.  Dau.  [Age] 9.  [Born] Blackmore
Samuel Brazier.  Son.  [Age] 6.  [Born] Blackmore
Joseph Brazier.  Son  [Age] 3.  [Born] Blackmore
Laura Brazier.  Dau.  [Age] 1.  [Born] Blackmore

1914 Electoral Roll. Walter Brazier recorded as living at “High house” [ERO C/E 1/2/26]

Date of Death:
28th August 1914 [CWGC}


Where died:
Laertes became part of the 3rd destroyer flotilla based at Harwich.  She took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight on 28th August 1914, where she was seriously damaged suffering four shell strikes. The most serious struck the boiler room, killing Walter Brazier and one other, temporarily cutting off all steam supplies to the engines and leaving the ship motionless. Another shot destroyed the middle funnel, while a gun was also hit. The ship managed to restore some power but had to be towed back to England.

Place of Burial or Commemoration:
Memorial Reference: R.N. Plot. 5. Cemetery: Shotley (St. Mary) Churchyard

List of Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC); Essex Record Office.

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Last Updated: 20 February 2016