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James Bruton

Birthplace County Meath Dunshaughlin IrelandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna T West 13 Date of Birth: April 10, 1896 Date of Death: February 28, 1924


Gretna Fire Brigade 1915 – 1925

Professional fire brigade members


Service and Personal details

Research Project led by Nigel Crompton

Name: James Bruton
DoB: 10 April 1896

Place of birth: Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland

Parents: Michael and Catherine

Parental Home: Brownstown, Kildare, Ireland

Siblings: William 1878, Simon 1822, John 1885, Kate 1886, Michael 1887, Anne 1890, Charles 1892, Bridget 1892, Teresa 1896, Margaret 1897

Spouse: Hilda James age 22, Munitions Worker, O West 3 Gretna Township

Date of Wedding: 17 April 1918

Location: The Roman Catholic Church, Gretna Township. William Bruton his brother was one of the witnesses.

Children: Doreen (1918-1975) Elsie Veronica (1921-1999)

Marital home(s): U West 6

Employment: Telephone boy

1911 Census: Family lived Kilmuir

Date of death: 28 February 1924 Location: Newcastle (address still Annan Rd)

Buried Rigg Cemetery, Gretna

Gretna details

Name: James Bruton
Clock No:

Date joining: Possibly before 1918

Date leaving: Continued to live in Gretna after leaving fire service

Station: Served Eastriggs and Annan Road

Addresses: T West 13, Gretna – 1918, 66 Melbourne Avenue,

Rank on start: Fireman

Promotion: none

Newspapers: none

Career after: Labourer

Additional information:

Hilda remarried 1st June 1915 – she was living at 39 Victory Avenue, Gretna. She was 29
years old and at the time of the banns being read was described as ‘widow’. Her new husband
Harry Watmuff originally lived at 70 Annan Road but then moved to Victory Avenue.

James enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards on 23/04/1915, being discharged on
20/08/1916 due to an undisclosed sickness. He received the 1915 Star, British War Medal,
Victory Medal and a silver wound badge. The 1915 was due to entering France on 11/11/15.

Sources Consulted

Item consulted
Ancestry UK
Irish Census 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Births, Marriages, Deaths
WW1 Medal Rolls
WW1 Medal Cards
Attestation and service records
Burial/ Cemetery records
British Newspaper Archive
Nothing of note located
Statutory, church records
Births, Marriages, Deaths
Roman Catholic Archives
Valuation Rolls
Western Front Association
WW1 Pensions records
WW1 Pension cards

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