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JOHN EDWARD BRICE 1889-1960

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Photo from Radcliffe on Trent Local History Society

Brother of William and Leonard

Born 14th December 1889, Radcliffe on Trent

Married September quarter, 1919 to Daisy Simpson

Children: Dorothy b. 1920, Arthur b.1922, Leonard b.1924

Died 1960, Bingham district, age 70

1891 Census

John Brice, age 1, was living in Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent with his father, William, 54, a plumber, mother Mary, 42, brother William, age 5 and cousin Ada, age 16.

1901 Census

John Brice, age 11, presumably at school, was living with his widowed mother Mary, a grocer and shopkeeper, his brothers and two boarders in Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent. His father William died 1898, age 62. His brother William, age 15, was a fishmongers assistant. His brother Leonard, age 8, was presumably at school.  Boarders Walter Kirk, 23, and Robert Knight, 19, were sharing the family home. Both boarders were plumbers. The grocer’s shop was on the corner of Water Lane and Bailey Lane.

1911 Census

John Brice, age 21, was working as a painter and paperhanger and living with his widowed mother Mary, age 62, a grocer, brother William, age 25, domestic gardener and  brother Leonard, age 18, a horseman on a farm. They lived in Back Lane in a house with five rooms.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 201285

Military Unit: 6th -7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, 45th Brigade, 16th (Scottish) Division. Previously 1st/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll
Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Royal Scots Fusiliers

It is not known when John Brice joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers or why he was placed in a Scottish regiment. The 1/5th Battalion was a territorial unit serving at Gallipoli ad then in Gaza. The battalion embarked for France in April 1918 from the Middle East and was involved in various conflicts there until the end of the war. The 6th and 7th Battalions were service battalions serving on the Western Front throughout the war. The 6th arrived in France in May 1915 and the 7th arrived in July 1915. The 7th amalgamated with the 6th in May 1916.

Other information

The Brice family had a long tradition of being plumbers; they are listed as such in Wright’s Directories for 1877. John built up the painting and decorating side of the business after the war. The business struggled in the 1930s and John became a postman. John’s advice to his son Arthur about following him into painting and decorating was as follows: ‘You’re not coming into this business; it’s too much like hard work for no pay’ (‘Radcliffe Remembers’, edited by Jean Lowe and Pamela Priestland).

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent (no house number on register)

Occupation: postman, Special Constable

Household: living with wife Daisy

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and worked in Radcliffe on Trent