Jack Wright Brockway

Surname: Brockway
Other names: Jack Wright
Other people in this story:
Harry Brockway
Kate Brockway (nee Wright)
Gertrude Elsie Head
Alice Mary Harris
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Marylebone, Middlesex
Mere, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Jack Wright Brockway was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29 Oct 1894 and baptised at St. James Church on 7 Apr 1895 the son of Harry Brockway and Kate Brockway (nee Wright). The family home was at 3 St, James, Shaftesbury. Jack had moved to South Wales prior to the outbreak of war where he was employed as a miner and it was there on 2 Sep 1914 he enlisted with the South Wales Borderers as a Private (Service No. 7/14083). He served in France with his Regiment. On 1 Jan 1918 he was transferred to the 983rd Company of the Labour Corps as he was suffering from deformed feet. He was posted to Salonika and based at the 42nd General Hospital. He married Gertrude Elsie Head on 13 Oct 1918 in Marylebone, Middlesex. They had one child in 1919 who passed away the same year and unfortunately his wife also died in 1920. He was demobilized on 3 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory, British and 1914/15 Star Medals. He re-married Alice Mary Harris in Mere, Wiltshire, in 1924 and they went on to have seven children. By the 1939 Register the family were living at 39 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury. Jack died on 28 Oct 1971 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and was buried in St. Rumbold's Churchyard, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 1 Nov 1971


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