Only Edward Carter

Do you know how you got your name?  Perhaps your parents named you after a famous actor or singer?  Or a favourite aunt or uncle?  Traditionally the first son was named after his father.  But how did Brandon-born Only Edward Carter get his original first name? ‘Only’ was born in 1890, and according to family Read more about Only Edward Carter[…]

Sam Baker

Sam Baker was constantly getting in trouble with the military authorities.  Even when he was promoted to Corporal he misbehaved and elected to take demotion rather than go to a court martial … “Certified that I wish to revert from the rank of Corporal to Driver at my own request, and not to avoid trial Read more about Sam Baker[…]


ALFRED ADAMS, CHARLES ADAMS and FREDERICK ADAMS, all brothers went off to war.  All survived and returned back home to Brandon.  Click the links on their names to read their stories …


William Mutum had been wounded so badly during the conflict that he had spent almost a year convalescing. Like so many other men, once his wounds had healed and he was declared fit then he was sent across the English Channel to get back into the action. In William’s case he contracted influenza, which was Read more about WILLIAM MUTUM[…]


When war was declared Harry received his call up papers and went off to Woolwich to report for duty. As a driver for the artillery he would have been responsible for moving the guns and munitions. On the 15th September 1914 he landed in France. He saw action throughout the first two years of fighting Read more about HARRY ASHLEY[…]


Enlisted September 1914, Private, Norfolk Regiment.

When war was declared Robert volunteered straight away and enlisted at Norwich. He was listed in the Thetford & Watton Times as being one of the many men from Brandon to join ‘Kitchener’s Army’. In November 1915 his uncle and aunt received a letter from Robert. In it he stated that he had received a head wound which was serious enough for him to have been brought back to England, specifically the Military Hospital in Stockport. In a subsequent letter he wrote,

“It is nice to be in England and a treat to get away from those guns. I have seen a lot of our Brandon boys killed. They were in the same charge with me. It was awful to see them shot down beside me; it made my blood run cold to see them. We took three of the German trenches.”


Charles Henry Adams

Lord_Kitchener_Wants_You!_jkEnlisted mid-1915, Machine Gun Corps.

Charles was born on 4th May 1896 to Alfred, a gamekeeper, and Matilda (nee Arnold) and he was the couple’s first child. Alfred was a Brandon lad and Matilda came from neighbouring Wilton (Hockwold) and why they were living in Blidworth, Nottinghamshire during the 1901 census is unclear. When Charles was born they were living in Weeting but a year later, for the birth of their second child, Alfred, they had gone to Nottinghamshire. In 1901 Charles also had two other brothers, Frederick and Harry.



ARTHUR KENT By the time war was declared Arthur had left Brandon and was living in London with his wife Florence. He enlisted at Mill Hill in Middlesex and accordingly went into the Middlesex Regiment. In 1918 the War Office notified Arthur’s parents that he had been killed in action and this was their second Read more about ARTHUR KENT[…]