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His father, George, was born in Blidworth in about 1857 and his mother was born Sarah Ann Burdett, the daughter of a well known local bricklayer. They married in Nottingham in August 1871. Sarah had been previously married (to Thomas Thorpe) and widowed and brought two children to her new marriage. By the time of the 1901 census the family were living at 8 Broughton Street, Beeston with George senior working as a bricklayer for the Midland Railway. The couple had by then, had seven children of their own - six of them boys - all of them of school age except the oldest, their only daughter Alice Lavinia who was working as a lace mender. Also present was the children's half sister, Mary Thorpe and her baby daughter. Two brothers (George 25/10/1915) and William (27/5/1918) were also killed in action. John was the husband of Ethel Brackner of 66 Lower Regent Street Beeston.
31 May 1918
725390 - CWGC Website
Lance Corporal
9th Bn Cheshire Regiment
Lance Corporal John William Brackner, 9th, formerly 1st, Battalion Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action on 31st Many 1918. He is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial.
9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, landed in France on 19 July 1915. On 27th May 1918 the 19th Division of which the 9th Cheshire's were a part were in reserve in the Chalons-Vitry Le Francois area. It was ordered into the front line on the night of 28/29th May in buses.
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