(nb also spelt Brittain and Britton)

 Address:         1891      Halfway Houses, Hanslope

                             1901      Cuckoo Hill, Hanslope

                             1911      41 High Street, Hanslope                             

Family information: 

Parents:  William Henry Britton born 1866 and Sarah Jane (nee Matthews) born 1867. Headstone of double Grave in Hanslope churchyard reads ‘Sacred to the memory of William Henry Britton Died May 28th 1938 aged 72 years And Sarah Jane Britton died October 12th 1938 aged 71 years. Abide With Me’.

In 1853 Hanslope – marriage of Samuel Stonton and Ellen Britton, widow nee Clarke. In the 1871 census William Henry is resident, recorded as their grandson. His mother Charlotte also lived there and described as their ‘daughter in law, unmarried, Servant out of place’. She had been born in Sherington. William Henry’s mother subsequently married William Elliott, a farm labourer, and moved to Sherington with William and another sister, Elizabeth. She then at least six more children.

1887 William Henry married Sarah Jane Matthews (born in Quinton) at Hardingstone, Northamptonshire.

Children of William Henry and Sarah

                               William John born September 10, 1889; baptised June 1890

                                Ellen E born 1891

                                Florence Beatrice Maria born August 3, 1895 baptised April 18, 1897

                                Sarah F A born 1903 

                   Henry Samuel Britton born January 12, 1899, baptised April 29, 1900.  Died December 1967 Northampton.                               

                                Caroline Emily Britton born February 19, 1900, baptised March 22, 1900

                                Frederick James Britton born September 29, 1904, baptised August 4 1918

The 1901 census records that William Henry was working as a labourer in Wolverton Works on Railway wagons. 4 children from his mother’s marriage to William Elliott were also living with them:

                James Elliott       Half-brother       age 20   Ordinary Agricultural Labourer    

                William Elliott    Half-brother       age 18   Ordinary Agricultural Labourer    

                Albert Elliott       Half-brother       age 16   Ordinary Agricultural Labourer    

                George Elliott     Half-brother       age 13   Ordinary Agricultural Labourer    

1891 census the family had moved to Halfway House, Hanslope; 1901 to Cuckoo Hill farm; and by 1911 to 41 High Street.

Army career

Henry Samuel became 18 in 1917. He first joined the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 4th Reserve battalion, Rgt numbers 203035 and 6979.

He was then transferred to 11th the Queen’s West Surrey Regiment, (Service Battalion) Rgt no. 25456.  (In 1916 the 11th were with the 41st Division and were decimated at Fleurs, but later contributed to the campaign in Italy.)

IWM Lives Series WO 363 British Army Service Records 1914-1920

Remembered: Roll of Honour, St James the Great Church, Hanslope

BRITTON, Henry Samuel

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