Henry Ernest Bruton
Memorial: Warmley - Memorial Gardens - Stanley Road
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal
Rank and number: Gunner 144081
Parents: Alfred and Ellen Bruton (nee Bish)
Marital status: Married
Home address: Home address: Station Hotel, Warmley, Bristol. Lived: Clouds Hill Road / Worlds End Street, St. George, Bristol (1901 Census)
Pre-war occupation: Licensed Victualler
Date of birth: 1879
Date of death: 27/10/1917
Buried/Commemorated at: Voormezeele Enclosures No.1 and No.2, Belgium
The memorial records the name as Bruton, Charles Ernest, but there appears to be an error in the Christian name used on the memorial. There is no indication on the records that Henry was ever known as Charles, and it can only be assumed that an error was made when the memorial was erected, or as landlord of the Station Inn/Hotel he had a nickname of Charles. Henry is not recorded on any other memorial and as a (probably well known) resident of Warmley, I believe Henry to be the correct person.
Henry married Jane Frances Gertrude (nee Bolwell) in 1903. Henry and Jane had four children, Henry Ernest Junior born 6/11/1904 and Eleanor Gertrude born 6/7/1906, George Charles born 28/10/1911 and John Alfred born 6/8/1915. The entry on the war pension card shows the family still living in the Station Hotel, Warmley after the war. Jane died in Axbridge in 1933.
Hnery served with the 12th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery and was Killed in Action on 27/10/1917.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Findmypast (Soldiers Died during the Great War, 1901 & 1911 Census etc), Researcher John Davis.