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Samuel Brealey was born Samuel Hayball, the son of Albert Hayball and Eliza Smedley who had married at Nottingham in 1884. The couple had several children including Albert (b.1884), Elizabeth (b.1889/d.1892) and Samuel (b.1891). In the 1891census the Hayballs were living at 15 Graham Street, Radford and Albert’s stated occupation was a lacemaker. Then in 1894 Albert Hayball died at the age of 29. Eliza Hayball had another child, Annie Mabel O. Hayball (b.1898), and then in early 1901 she married at Nottingham John Brealey, himself a widower with a number of children. They could all be found in the 1901 census living together at 21 Lea Street, Radford. By 1911 the Brealeys and the Hayballs had all moved to 128 Salisbury Street, Old Radford. John and Eliza Brealey would have one child together, Harriet Brealey, born in mid-1901. The Brealeys could still be found living at 128 Salisbury Street in the 1919 electoral register. John Brealey, a journeyman pork butcher, died at Nottingham aged 68 in 1927 so Eliza endured a second widowhood until her own death in Nottingham aged 78 in 1940. Although Samuel Hayball had not adopted his stepfather’s surname in 1911 he clearly chose to do so when enlisting in the Army.
Samuel Brealey worked as a bicycle finisher.
08 Oct 1918
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Army Cyclist Corps
Pte. Brealey was called up for service and following training he was drafted to France. He was killed in action during the final push against a crumbling German field army, but his body was never found. His name was commemorated on the Vis en Artois Memorial.
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