Project Description




Born 29th September 1897 in Bassingfield, Nottinghamshire.

Baptised St Peter’s Church, East Bridgford on 5th December 1897.

Married 1919 to Rebecca Naylor in Newark and had seven children: Eric, Violet, Albert, John, Gladys, Wilfred and Margaret.

Died 1977 at Newark, Nottinghamshire.

1901 Census

Father, James William Brewitt, was living with his uncle William Pike in Holme Pierrepont, while mother Elizabeth, née Rodgers, was living in East Bridgford with their sons John,  born 1895, who was killed in action in 1917, Joseph and their sister, Annie (b.1900).

1911 Census

Family at Holme Pierrepont living next door to William Pike, who is Joseph’s great uncle and William’s wife, Jane. Joseph has two other brothers, Albert (b.1902) and Ernest (b.1905), and three sisters, Annie, Suzie and Alice (twins b. 1908). Joseph was still attending school.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service number: 1683, 305222

Military Unit: 1/8th Bn., The Sherwood Foresters, 139th Brigade, 46th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders.

Date of entry  to theatre of war: 25th June 1915. Discharged 26th March 1919.

Medals awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

Other information

In 1928 he was living at 2 Edmunds Row, Newark, and employed as a maltster.

From the 1939 Register

Address: 2 Edmunds Row, Newark, Notts.

Occupation: concrete labourer, heavy worker

Household: living with wife Rebecca, Annie Naylor, mother in law, incapacitated, and two other people (records officially closed).