|Date of birth:||1892|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Regiment / Division:||London Regiment|
|Battalion:||7th (City of London) Battalion|
|Died:||29th May 1916 aged 23 years|
|Death location:||Stratford-sub-Castle, Wiltshire|
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Life before the War
Norman was born in Southampton in 1892 to Frederick George (1861 – 12/12/1929) and Alice Jane Brundritt (nee Cozens 1860 – 06/10/1933). His parents were married in Southampton in 1891. There were probates for both of Norman’s parents leaving effects to his brother Percival Arthur.
Norman’s siblings were:
|Mabel Lily (1891 – 1895)|
|Percival Arthur (21/12/1894 – 1979)||Married Edna May Paul (05/10/1903 – 1989) in Southampton in 1929|
|Cyril (03/05/1897 – 1996)||Married Millicent Gertrude Keats (18/05/1897 – 1973) in Southampton in 1919.|
|Irene May (07/03/1900 – 1987)||Married Edmund James Galpin (13/06/1903 – 1981) in Southampton in 1930. *|
|Harold (08/09/1902 – 1978)||Married Winifred Isabell Galpin (01/10/1901 – 1986) in Salisbury, Wilshire in 1929. *|
* Edmund and Winifred were siblings.
Both Percival and Cyril served in WW1. Percy was a driver in the Army Service Corps and Cyril served as a Corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps and Machine Gun Corps. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and served in the Hampshire Regiment before joining the Royal Flying Corps.
On the 1901 Census it shows that Norman is living with his family at 79 Dukes Road, St Deny’s, Southampton. Also staying at this address are Edmund and Winifred’s parents, Walter and Alice Galpin and their daughter Hilda.
The 1911 Census shows Norman and his family are still at the same address and his grandmother, Ellen Francis Brundritt, is also there. Norman’s father has his own business as a plumber and house decorator. Norman is working as a Student Teacher at an Elementary School and the Galpin family are now living at 51 Clifton Road, Salisbury.
Norman attended Tauntons School, Southampton between 1901 and 1911.
Norman is remembered on the Memorial of St Paul Penge, Bromley, London with a connection to North Surrey District School, Anerley. The names for the memorial came from the Penge Roll of Honour which was put together by a teacher and it is thought that Norman may have taught at the school.
There is a medal card for ‘Private N. Brundritt 32713’ who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in France and was awarded the 1915 Star Medal. The card states that he was discharged on 29th May 1916 and this is same date as Norman’s death but as no enlistment papers can be found it cannot be confirmed that this is Norman.
When he died Norman was serving in Company ‘A’ of the 7 th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment. The Regiment was nicknamed the ‘Shiny Seventh’. This was because they wore highly polished brass buttons on their tunics instead of the dark metal buttons worn by the other three battalions in the brigade.
The 7th Battalion was formed on 1st April 1908 and was the largest infantry regiment in the army. The regiment arrived in France in March 1915.
Norman died on 29th May 1916 at the Isolation Hospital, Stratford-sub-Castle.
The following extract from the Isolation Hospital’s admission register is reproduced by kind permission of the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre:
‘Regt, Corps, Battn or Brigade – 3/7 London
Troop, Battery or Company – A
Reg No – 5843
Rank – Private
Norman Brundritt aged 23 (5 months service)
Disease : 5 CSF & Diptheria
Admitted to hospital : 16 Apr 1916
Died 29 May 1916
Treated for 44 days
Religion : C of E
Received from : Fovant
Address : Sutton Mandeville 79 Dukes Road Southampton
The Isolation Hospital was erected in 1911 and closed in 1951. There are 47 World War one burials in Stratford-sub-Castle (St Lawrence) Cemetery and most of these were from the hospital. Amongst these were servicemen from Australia and New Zealand who were based at depots and training camps in the area.
There was a probate dated 11th August 1916: ‘Norman William of 79 Duke’s-Road St Denys Southampton private 7th battalion City of London regiment died 29 May 1916 at the Isolation Hospital Stratford-sub-Castle Wiltshire. Administration Winchester 11 August to Frederick George
Brundritt plumber. Effects £47 1s 7d’
Norman was awarded the 1914 – 1915 Star, the Victory and the British War Medals.
He is buried at Southampton Old Cemetery. Grave reference 78 B 169. The inscription reads:
‘To that brightest of all meetings Bring us Jesu Christ at last’
This cemetery is on the Common and was made in 1846 under Act of Parliament. It contains 99 Commonwealth war graves of the 1914-18 War, a plot of 21 1914-18 War Belgians and 15 Commonwealth war graves of the 1939-45 War.
Norman is also remembered on the Old Tauntonians Memorial, Southampton and The Penge War Memorial, Bromley, London.
With grateful thanks to Jerry Green and Glynis Aritake for their help regarding The Penge War Memorial, and Glynis for the Military Service information for Norman’s brothers.
|Published.:||4th June 2014|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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