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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Brewin

Died 10th August 1918, aged 28
France

A difficult start in life

Walter was the youngest of three surviving sons born in Quorn to George and Mary Ann Brewin. Sadly Mary Ann died in May 1891, when Walter was only four months old, leaving his father with the three young boys. It seems likely that Mary Ann’s widowed mother may have stepped in to look after George junior, Fred and Walter, as Mary and the boys appeared to be living with her when Mary died.

Three years after his wife’s death, Walter’s father George, a domestic gardener, married Mary Hannah Paget. This brought the family back together and they lived at York Cottage on Barrow Road in Quorn (now number 28). The 1911 census records twenty year old Walter working as a grocer’s assistant.

War and tragedies
Sadly this stability was not to last, and just before the war started, Walter’s brother George committed suicide in February 1914. This was followed by his stepmother’s death in July 1915 and his father dying in March 1917. Walter’s closest relative was now his only remaining brother Fred. Walter joined the 15th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers and was soon sent to the Western Front. He was initially reported missing after action in France on 10th August 1918. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas De Calais in France.

The February 1919 edition of Quorn Parish Magazine contained the following:
“We regret to state that Mr Fred Brewin has recently received news that his brother Walter was killed in action in August last.”

Walter’s brother Fred
Fred married Olive Webster in 1925. She would have understood Fred’s loss as her brother Harry Webster had been killed when his ship exploded in November 1914, and his name appears with Walter’s on Quorn War Memorial. Fred and Olive lived at 8 Farnham Street. Fred died in January 1945 and Olive in November 1986.

Below:
A modern photograph of York Cottages, Barrow Road, with Walter’s home, number 28, on the right.


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 Submitted on: 2020-01-13
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2329
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