John Yearworth Bryant

Date of birth: 1872
Place of birth: Scarborough
Regiment: Queen Mary’s Own Hussars
Battalion: 18th
Rank / Service No: Squadron Quartermaster Serjeant, 4500
Died: 13th May 1915, aged 42 years.
Buried: New Irish Farm, Belgium (Plot IV, Row G, Grave 17)


There is no concrete proof that John Bryant had any connection to Southampton. Some records show that he and his wife lived at 205 Waterhouse Lane, Regent’s Park but that cannot be proven via Census returns.


John was the only child of William and Maria Bryant (nee Yearworth), who married in Portsmouth on 11 November 1862.

William was born in Portsmouth in 1839 and he died in the city in 1916. Maria was also born in Portsmouth, in 1841, and she passed away in the city in 1904.

John married Melinda Adelaide Sweet in Portsmouth in 1902; she was born in Bristol in 1874, and she passed away in Portsmouth in 1948.

The couple had one son; Norman Leslie was, strangely, born in York in 1905. He married Eleanor Hesketh in Southampton in 1934, and he died in Gosport in 1964.


The 18th Hussars landed at Boulogne on 16 August 1914, and were engaged in fighting south of Mons, Belgium by the 18th August.

The battalion became part of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Cavalry Division in the autumn of 1914.

John probably perished during the second Battle of Ypres, fought between 22 April and 25 May 1915.


His headstone reads: “Until we meet.”


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 21st June 2016


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