Corporal Albert Edward Brunsdon

 

 

Albert Edward Brunsdon was born on 12 June 1885 at Ballymacormick Point, Bangor County Down, eldest of six children of English-born coast guard officer John James Brunsdon and his Donegal-born wife Elizabeth (formerly Wright).

By 1911 he was living with his family at Lothair Avenue, Belfast and working as a plater in the ship-building industry.

Brunsdon enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 2 October 1914 (some records state September). He was issued regimental number 1252 (later Corps of Hussars No.71304). Soon after he was promoted to the rank of corporal.

He embarked for France on 28 April 1915 as part of a reinforcement draft of 19 men for A Squadron under 2nd Lieutenant Walter Ashley Montgomery.

Brunsdon served with A Squadron through much of the war. On 11 May 1918 the Northern Whig newspaper reported that he had been wounded. On 15 March 1919 he was discharged as being no longer physically fit for war service (having suffered impairment since entry into the service).

Brunsdon died on 8 June 1960 at Plymouth, Devon.

Brunsdon's younger brothers Sydney and Jack also served in the North Irish Horse and survived the war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images of Corporal Brunsdon and his medals, cap badge, button, overseas service chevrons, corporal's stripe, shoulder title and wound stripe kindly provided by his great-grandson John Gray.