Briant, Percy

Percy Briant

Briant, Percy (Bryant)

 

 

Military History:

 

Regiment:                              
Royal Air Force
(previously Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force)

Rank:                                     
Act Sergeant

Service Number:                    
522866

Date of Enlisting:                            
7.9.1915

Date of death:                        
10.3.1977

Cemetery/ Memorial:
Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour

Percy enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 13th September 1915 at Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, Regimental Number 522866. He first served with the 1st Field Ambulance B Section on the Western Front, France and Flanders. By March 1918 he had been promoted to Acting Staff Sergeant. In August 1918 he was on commission to the RAF in Blandford, Kent, England and reverts back to the rank of Private. In December 1918 he is on command to 81 Squadron and is granted permission to marry. He spends approximately the next year as a mechanic finishing the war as Acting Sergeant. He is discharged from the Air Force in February 1920.

Percy survived the War and died in 1977.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:               
4.2.1890

Birth Place:
Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:
Northallerton, Yorkshire

Marriage:
1919

 

Percy was born in Ashwell on 4th February 1890, second son of Frederick and Mary Ann (nee Chalkley) Briant.

Percy was a student of the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell and before enlisting was a carpenter.

Percy emigrated to Canada in about 1913/14 and enlisted in the Canadian army in 1915.  At the end of the War Percy returned to England.

Percy married Florence Lily Gains in Elham, Kent in the first quarter of 1919.  They had one daughter, Mona Evelyn, born at Ware in the 3rd quarter of 1922.

In his father’s probate record of 1932 Percy is recorded as a millwright.

He died in Northallerton, Yorkshire on 10th March 1977.

Percy’s brother Henry William served with the Royal Engineers during WWI and survived the War, dying in Walthamstow on 11 September 1965.

 

Commentary:

Other references:

Royston Crow February 1914  Letter to Mr Chote, headmaster at M.T. from Percy Bryant, now in Victoria B.C. Canada telling of his life and work as a builder.

Royston Crow 31 Jan 1919   At Folkestone. Sgt Percy Bryant, younger son of Mr & Mrs Frederick Bryant of Ashwell to Florence Lily Gains of Folkestone.

 

Name:Percy Briant (Bryant)
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Northallerton, Yorkshire
Death Date:10.3.1977
Enlistment Place:Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Rank:Act Sergeant
Regiment:Royal Air Force
(previously Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force)
Battalion: 
Regimental Number:      522866
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders; England

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