Arthur Frederick Brunson (1892-1919)

Arthur is listed on the War Memorial as one of those who gave his life during the First World War.

Arthur was born on 27th October 1892 in Martham. He was the second child of James William Brunson & Ellen, nee Goodson. He had eleven siblings, namely: Dora, James William, Elsie Maud, Sidney, Kathleen, Benjamin George, Cyril Robert, Walter Clifford, Hilda May, Mabel Irene, and Ruth. Arthur was baptized on 4th December 1892 at St Mary’s.

In 1901 & 1911 each census showed he was living at Elsie Cottage, Somerton Road with his parents and he was an agricultural labourer. Elsie Cottages were a terrace of three at the Church Hall end of Somerton Road on the left as you head west just before the sharp bend near the church. Two bungalows now occupy the plots.

Arthur was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve which was a volunteer force of the Royal Navy and he was called into action with HMS City of London Royal Naval Reserve. His military serial number was Able Seaman SA 1519.

Arthur died on 12th March 1919, aged 26. He was buried on 15th March 1919 in St Mary’s graveyard section H, plot F40 and is also commemorated on the War Memorial.

War Memorial south side view
Arthur’s gravestone at St Mary’s graveyard

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