6th October 2016
Our Deputy and Head Boys and Girls remembered William Brian, and Old Boy of The William Amory who died in action 100 years ago today.
The following information was taken from the Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society
Born: 1888 in Trentham
Died: 6th October 1016 28 of wounds.
Son of: Ephraim and Sarah Brain
Regiment: Prince of Wales, North Staffs Reg, 1st/5th Battalion.
Awarded the Victory and British War medals.
North Staffordshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion Territorial Force
In 1916 the 46th North Midland Division, 137th Staffordshire Brigade included the 1/5th North Staffordshire Reg. The Battle of the Somme which commenced on the I July 1916 lasted throughout much of the summer months and extended into the early autumn. The 46th Division suffered numerous casualties during this period yet remained in the Front Line or near to throughout the entire battle.
During the early phases of the battle the Division was seriously depleted in numbers following the diversionary attack on the Gommecourt salient and was still present in the sector by October.
Pte Brain could have been wounded during any of these ensuing actions as the German artillery barrage to recapture lost ground was continuous through these months.
Refer to Lt. W. A. Bowers for more information regarding this period of the disastrous Somme offensive. It was most likely that Pte Brain was present with him at this time.