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Major Cedric Lindsay Brereton RFA


Jerrymurland

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Does anyone have any info on this guy? wounded on the Aisne in 1914, he died in october 1953 but that's all I can find on him so far.

Jerry

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In 1911, he's a 2nd Lt in the 68th Batt, RFA, based in Minden Barracks, Deep Cut, Hampshire.

Born in Belfast 1888 / 9

In 1901, he's attending Grove House Private School at Boxgrove Road, Stoke Next Guildford, Surry.

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married 1919. Wife Leila nee Horsey died 1958. She was born Ontario, Canada Dec 1892 daughter of Edward Horsey and Leila Ada McDonald.

Her father :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Henry_Horsey

Son Peter Hugh M Brereton. 1921-2000. Appears to have lived in Hertfordshire.

Daughter Leila 1923-1995. Appears to have lived in Kensington.

LG 1912 entry for Cedric

http://www.london-ga...s/9784/page.pdf

LG 1910 entry

http://www.london-ga...es/340/page.pdf

Reference to Major C L Brereton in this PDF (pages 342, 344, 345, 349 with reference to document at the Imp War Museum)

http://etd.ohiolink....?bgsu1257186404

Lt to Capt

http://www.london-ga.../12778/page.pdf

1925 ill health caused by wounds

http://www.london-ga...s/2049/page.pdf

1915 Capt Instructor

http://www.london-ga.../10375/page.pdf

1918 Brevet Major

http://www.london-ga...nts/15/page.pdf

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Major Cedric Lindsay Brereton, RFA

Born in 6 Oct 1888, the son of Reginald Hugh Brereton, CIE

Educated at Wellington College from 1903 to 1907 (VI)

Gentleman Cadet, RMA 1908

2nd Lieut, RFA, 23 Dec 1909

Lieut, RFA, 23 De 1912

Went to France with 68th Battery, 14th Brigade, RFA on 23 August 1914

Wounded on 24 Sept 1914 and invalided to the UK

Captain, RFA 23 Dec 1915

Captain, Instructor of Gunnery, School of Instruction for RHA & RFA from 1 Oct 15 to 7 May 16

Staff Captain, Shoeburyness from 8 May 16 to 23 Mar 20

Brevet Major, 1 Jan 1918

In 1919 he married Leila Macdonald, the daughter of Dr. E Horsey and they had a son, Peter Brereton born in 1921 and daughter

Went on half-pay on 24 Mar 20

Retired owing to ill-health, 24 Mar 1925

After the war he was director of engineering firm

In 1935 he was Company Director of Cross Lanes Farm, Woking

Re-employed as a Major, RA from 1940 to 1946

Sources: Wellington College Register 1859-1923; Wellington College Register 1859-1948; Who's Who in Surrey; Royal Artillery Association Leaflet, March 1915; 1914 Star Medal Roll; various Army Lists.

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bit about the father, who died 26/2/1944 in Woking, Inspector General of Police in N W India

http://www.edinburgh...ages/2/page.pdf

http://www.edinburgh...ges/16/page.pdf

He received his CIE in 1910

http://en.wikipedia....ar_Honours_1910

aged 18 in 1880 at Balliol College, Oxford Uni. Bit of garbled text re his service/life :

BRERETON, Reginald Hugh, Indian C.S. iinspy.'gen. ofpohce^ N. W. Prov. and Oudh). — Educ. at Cheltenham Coll., and Balliol Coll., Oxford; apptd. after exam, of 1880; arrived, i^th Dec, 1882, and served in the N.W. Prov. as asst. mag. and collr. ; joint mag., April, 1889 ; asst commr., Oudh, Nov., 1891 ; joint mag., 1st grade, June, 1892; dep. commr., Nov., 1895; mag. and collr., April, 1896; inspr.-gen. of police, July, 1900.

Brereton, Reginald Hugh : b. Nov. 12, 1861 ; s. of E. W. Brereton, of Cheltenham ; m. Sept. 29, 1885, Edith Margaret, d. of Dr. W. Dunne, of Londonderry. Issue : one son. Educ. Cheltenham (Sch.); Balliol 1880-2 (A.T.) ; Cricket XI ; Rugby XV. Union and Carlyle Socs. I.C.S. ; Assist. Magistrate and Collector, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh,

Born Cheltenham in 1861, married in Rathdown, Ireland 1885. His older brother Walter Ebenezer Brereton appears to have worked, married and settled in Ireland.

There is some info re his father Ebenezer William Brereton being a maths teacher/vice principal of a college in Cheltenham and Captain of the Engineer Volunteers.Retired as a Major in 1893http://www.london-ga...s/4709/page.pdf

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Fantastic! Thanks everyone. just as a point of interest, of the class he was commissioned with - 19 in total - two were killed in the Great War and by 1920 another had been killed in the Anglo-Irish War.

Jerry

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which was the guy killed in the Anglo-Irish war?

way off your original quest but just for info, through Walter Ebenezer Brereton's wife there is a link to 5 brothers who fought in the American Civil War, 4 for the Union and 1 for the Confederacy (North Carolina cavalry). The latter settling in Canada, about 180kms from where Cedric Brereton's wife grew up,

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A Family cousin of mine, Major George Osbert Smyth, DSO, MC. his brother had been killed shortly before him, Lt Col Gerald Smyth DSO and Bar.CO of 6/KOSB - quite a family!

Jerry

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A Family cousin of mine, Major George Osbert Smyth, DSO, MC. his brother had been killed shortly before him, Lt Col Gerald Smyth DSO and Bar.CO of 6/KOSB - quite a family!

Jerry

ah yes, I know about the Smyth's. My wife's family were on the other side and involved with Breen, Treacy etc at Knocklong and other incidents. Her Gt Grandfather and an aunt were in Drumcondra waiting to see Collin's re passage to America for the aunt and her baby at the time of the raid on Carolan's house. The aunt's husband having previously been spirited to America after Knocklong.

presumably you've popped by Corisande's webpage re the Smyth's?

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Yes I have. Incidentally I've written about the Smyth Brothers and others of my Irish family in 'Departed Warriors'. Still available on Amazon or from me direct.

Jerry

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haven't come across this book but will get a copy. Sounds like my sort of reading material. My limited library is available to view online in http://www.librarything.com/ (profile johnnydoyle)

I see from the web that you're ex-para. I enlisted in 1980 and had a short but enjoyable time at Browning Barracks before being medically discharged.

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That must have been after they moved the training platoons from Maida Barracks! 'Departed Warriors' on Amazon at the moment.

Jerry

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I wrote it a while ago whenI first began my interest in the Great War. My family are from Ulster, hence the Smyth brothers connection.hope you enjoy it!

Jerry

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book has arrived. Have has a quick scan through chapter 1 and am looking forward to reading it.

I have one family connection to Co Down which is through my Gt Grandmother (Jane Maria McCullen) who was born in Portaferry, daughter of a Coastguard from Co Louth who was ex-RN. Sadly died Sept 1914 in childbirth. Her brother James Alexander McCullen served in the Merchant Marine during WW1.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Jerry,

finished reading "Departed Warriors" over the weekend. What a fab read. Thanks for writing this up and getting it published.

John

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