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WILLIAM ROBERT BRICE 1885–1918

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Brother of John and Leonard

Born 9th September 1885, Radcliffe on Trent

Married 14th May 1913 to Ann Hopkinson, Nottingham

Died 7th December 1918, County Hospital, Lincoln, age 33

Buried in Radcliffe on Trent cemetery

Remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Admitted to Radcliffe school May 1889

1891 Census

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

1901 Census

William Brice, age 15 and working as a fishmonger’s assistant 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 brothers John, age 11 and Leonard, age 8, were presumably at school although this is not recorded on the census. 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

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

Military Service

Rank: 1st Private

Service Number: 300858

Military Unit: Royal Air Force, No.5 sub unit, General duties unit (from UK, Army Registers of Soldier’s Effects and R.A.F. record)

Theatre of War: unknown, may not have served abroad

Medals Awarded: No details found

William Brice enlisted in the army 8.6.16. Height 5ft 9ins., chest 32ins. No further information available about his army service. He transferred to the R.A.F. on 2.7.18. A note on his R.A.F. record states that his ‘casualty card’ was destroyed.

Death

William Brice was ill with influenza for eleven days before his death and had pneumonia for five days. He died in Lincoln County Hospital. His death was registered by his widow Ann who was present at the death together with his brother Leonard.

Article: The influenza pandemic and its impact on Radcliffe on Trent

From UK, Army Registers of Soldier’s Effects:

7.11.1919  £3.17s.9d to widow Ann;  16.3.20  £6.10s.0d to widow Ann

Burial: Radcliffe cemetery 11.12.1918, Commonwealth war graves headstone.
Epitaph: ‘God will bind the broken chain, Closer when we meet again’.
Age at death: 34.

Other information

William’s brothers, John and Leonard, also served in the war. John survived and became a plumber. Leonard died in 1924.

It is not clear what happened to William’s widow, Ann. Her address in the Commonwealth War Graves records is Walsall in Staffordshire.

For a detailed discussion of the Brice family, including Mary’s shop, see p.121 Radcliffe Remembers, edited by Jean Lowe and Pamela Priestland. Information about Mary Brice can be found under ‘Radcliffe Women’ on the website.

From Forces War Records: address in 1918, 61 Queen Street, Walsall, Staffs.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent

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Radcliffe on Trent cemetery