Lance Corporal Alfred John (Jack) Brunsdon


Alfred John (Jack) Brunsdon (or Brunsden) was born on 21 December 1896 at Bangor Coastguard Station, the last of six children of English-born coast guard officer John James Brunsdon and his Donegal-born wife Elizabeth (nee Wright).

By 1911 he was living with his family at Lothair Avenue, Belfast.

Brunsdon enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 25 August 1914 (No.1040 - later Corps of Hussars No.71209), probably overstating his age by a year.

He embarked for France on 1 May 1915 with D Squadron.

On 21 January 1919 he was discharged as 'surplus to military requirements (not having suffered impairment since entry into the service)' – para 392xxv(a) King's Regulations.

His two older brothers Albert and Sydney also served in the North Irish Horse and survived the war.