Albert Brine

Albert Brine

Surname: Brine
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
John Brine
Louisa Brine née Prior
Frank Brine
Douglas Harold Brine
Reginald Henry Brine
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy
Sherborne Causeway, Enmore Green
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Italy
St. John's Church, Enmore Green
11th General Hospital, Genoa

Story:
Albert Brine was born in 1887 in Shaftesbury and baptised at St. John's Church, Enmore Green on 20th February 1887. He was the son of John Brine, a contractor/haulier, and Louisa Brine (née Prior). His siblings included Frank, born in 1889, who also died in the war. Another brother, Douglas Harold (b.1895) served in the Navy before and during the war. At the time of the 1911 Census Albert was single, working as a road contractor/carter and living at the family home on Sherborne Causeway, Enmore Green. Prior to this he had enlisted with the 44th Company, 3rd Depot of the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 20661). He served for three years from 9th September 1907, then went into the reserves.

He was mobilized on 11th August 1914 and served with various Batteries within the Royal Garrison Artillery until he was transferred to the Royal Engineers on 28th May 1917 (New Service No. 252577). At the time of his death he held the rank of Corporal. He served in France & Flanders and towards, the end of the conflict, was posted to Italy. Whilst there he was awarded the Bronze Medal for Military Valour by the Italian Government, an announcement of which appeared in the London Gazette on 10th September 1918. He was also awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He contracted influenza and died on 29th October 1918 at the 11th General Hospital, Genoa. He had been attached to the 15th Brigade of the Royal Garrison Artillery, Signal Sub-Section, R.E. He was buried at Staglieno Cemetery, Piazzale Resasco, Genoa, Italy (grave id. I.D.11). He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.

Albert's cousin Reginald Henry Brine served in the Royal Navy during the war but sadly died in 1918 on board HMS Lion.

Source: Photographs of Albert Brine and the Brine family home on Sherborne Causeway provided by Nigel Garrett.

Images:
  • Albert Brine
  • Albert Brine Memorial Plaque
  • Brine Family home on Sherborne Causeway
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 01
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 03
  • Names on Enmore Green War Memorial
  • Names on Motcombe War Memorial 1
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02
  • Motcombe War Memorial 3

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Douglas Harold Brine
Frank Brine
Reginald Henry Brine