Brix, William Robert: Service no. 406479

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Digitized Service Record

Source: Facebook Group via Katherine Cross.

Christmas Card contributed by Katherine Cross, Great-Grand Daughter to this soldier.

Christmas Card contributed by Katherine Cross, Great-Grand Daughter to this soldier.

Christmas Card contributed by Katherine Cross, Great-Grand Daughter to this soldier.

Christmas Card contributed by Katherine Cross, Great-Grand Daughter to this soldier.

Background to above images:

William R. Brix wrote to his son Arthur at Christmas 1916, likely from the Courcelette area of France during a break in the fighting. William enlisted in 1915 at the relatively old age of 36 with no previous military experience. He had 6 children at that time. He fought with the 18th Btn at many notable actions including the St. Eloi mine crater in April 1916 , both battles for Courcelette in Sept and Oct 1916 (as part of the The Somme Offensive), several raids on German trenches and the Battle of Vimy Ridge where his Batallion was in the first wave, attacking the German Black Line on April 9, 1917. This was his last battle, as he was invalided out of service less than a month later due to “advanced age” — he was 39. He died in 1920 of pneumonia, and is considered a war casualty. I have my Great-Grandmother’s Memorial Cross (aka the Silver Cross) with his name and service number — almost worn smooth from her wearing it — inscribed on the back.

– Submitted by Darren McDermott

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