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William Brabiner (1896-1977)

From West Hartlepool, served with 22nd (Pioneers) & 18th (Durham Pals) Battalions DLI.

William Brabiner was born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, but moved to Hartlepool when he was a child. He was still living there with his family in 1911.

He enlisted with the 22nd Durham Light Infantry (DLI) and served with this battalion in France. He was later posted to the 18th DLI, went back to 22nd and was finally sent to 1/7th DLI.

Before the end of the war Brabiner was promoted to Lance Corporal. In 1919, he was transferred to Class Z Reserve.

North East War Memorials website:

Civil Parish: Throston

Birth date: 04-Jul-1896

Death date: 1977

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham (birth place)
25 Hermit Street, Throston, Hartlepool, County Durham (1901, 1911 census)

Employment: Hawker (1911 census)

Family: Wife: Lilian Jane Smith (married 31st of July, 1920)
Father: Nicholas Brabiner
Mother: Audrey
Siblings: Herbert, Henry, David, Isabella

Military service:

Private/ Lance Corporal
Regimental number: 22/147
22nd, 18th and 1/7th Battalions, Durham Light Infantry

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Sheen | Durham at War Volunteer