Lance Corporal George Eric Brady

Thank you to Jane Anthony for this research.

(George) Eric Brady born in about 1897, and was the oldest of five surviving children of Alfred and Elizabeth Brady. Neither of his parents had been born locally; his father had originally come from Tamworth Staffordshire and his mother from Cambridgeshire. Eric was born in Stockwell, London, but shortly afterwards his parents must have moved back to Cambridgeshire where three of his younger siblings were born. The youngest child in the family was born in Forest Green.

When living in Cambridgeshire his father worked as an agricultural labourer but when they moved to Surrey he became a brick layer. In the 1911 census Eric aged 14 was working as a gardener’s boy. At that time the family were living at Cobbetts, Forest Green, having moved there in 1909, they later moved to Tillies Cottage

Eric returned to Lambeth to enlist in the Rifle Brigade which had been formed in 1914. He was killed in action on the 3rd September 1916 aged only 19, and is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, to the Missing of the Somme, which bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

He is commemorated on the Abinger, Okewood Hill and Forest Green memorials.

Born                           Stockwell, London
Lived                           Forest Green, Dorking, Surrey

Son of                         Alfred and Elizabeth Brady

Regiment                     10th Battalion. The Rifle Brigade
Number                        S/162

Date of Death              3rd September 1916
Place of Death             Somme, France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              19

Memorial                     Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

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