William Brazenall was the son of William and Emily Brazenall of 19 Lawley Street, Dudley and was married to Edith who lived at 12 Vauxhall Stret, Dudley. He volunteered for the Worcester Territorials and served in the 1/7th Battalion. They crossed to France in March 1915 and spent the rest of the year gaining front line experience. Their first major action came in the second phase of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. The key to the centre of the battle area was the long struggle for the fortified village of Ovillers and it was eventually taken by the Worcesters with other units in a fierce struggle on the 19th July. The casualties included Private William Brazenall who was 29 years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval, Dudley and St. James' church, Dudley, Memorials.
St James Vicarage, The Parade, Dudley DY1 3JA
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