Address: 1890 Cuckoo’s Hill, Hanslope
1891 9 Back [Gold] Street, Hanslope
1901 21 Gold Street (Peach View), Hanslope
1911 2 Peach View, Hanslope*
1938 21 Gold Street, Hanslope
1977 23 Beech View, Gold Street, Hanslope
*Nb during their lifetimes, members of the Brownsell family occupied different houses in Peach View, a small terrace built between 1891 and 1901. 


Parents: Charles 1848–1922 and Elizabeth Brownsell (nee Woodland) 1858–1949

Born: 31 July 31, 1890 Hanslope, Baptised August 26, 1894; buried December 10, 1977, Hanslope

Employment before war: Gardener’s Assistant

Family information:
1891 Census
Charles Brownsell Head age 43 Agricultural Labourer
Elizabeth Brownsell        age 40
Frederick W. Brownsell  age 18 Carriage Trimmers Labourer
Arthur Brownsell             age 15 Agricultural Labourer
Walter Brownsell             age 13 Agricultural Labourer [burial May 20, 1893 age 15]
Albert Brownsell              age 11 Scholar
Rosannah/Rosana Brownsell age 8 Scholar
Sarah Brownsell               age 6 Scholar
Harry Brownsell               age 3
Alfred Brownsell        age 0

1911 census:
Charles Brownsell           age 62 Waggoner on Farm
Elizabeth Brownsell        age 60
Sons still living with them:
Arthur Brownsell             age 35 Bricklayer’s labourer
Albert Brownsell              age 31 Farm Labourer
Harry Brownsell               age 24 Warehouseman
Alfred Brownsell        age 20 Gardener’s Assistant


Army Career: Number: 13905, Rank: Private 6th Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry
Alfred had enlisted in August 1914. After a period of training they were mobilised and landed at Boulogne on 22nd July 1915. Alfred fought at the Somme and was involved in the major battles of 1917 and 1918.
On December 15, 1916 he was listed on Army Medical Records as wounded – shrapnel in the right hand and transferred to Sick Convoy, No. 2 Ambulance Train. He was then in D Company, 20th Division. His religion was given as Church of England.

National Archives MH106/718 MH106/718

Newspaper reports:  
The Bucks Standard – September 8th 1917
The week has brought news of several soldiers from Hanslope who have been wounded in the heavy fighting in France….
Aged 27, Private Alfred Brownsell of the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, is in hospital at Bethnal Green, London suffering from a serious wound in the thigh. This was caused by an explosive shell. For 24 hours he lay in a shell hole until he could be moved to receive medical treatment. He had only returned to France a few months ago on recovering from a wound to his hand.
From employment at Wolverton Carriage Works he joined up at the beginning of the war and of his brothers, two are serving in the Forces. One has been wounded whilst the other is in a Works Battalion. Their parents are Mr. & Mrs. Brownsell, Gold Street, Hanslope

Medals: awarded Star, Victory and British.

National Archive reference WO372/3 Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards
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Post War Information:

Married: Bradford, Yorkshire, August 2, 1924 when he was 34 years old to Martha Hanson (1892–1958)
They had two sons: Stanley Godfrey born 7 February 7, 1927 Hanslope (died 1977); Leslie Alfred born 17 October 17, 1929                                                                                 
Headstone in Hanslope Churchyard reads: In memory of a dear mother & father / Martha Brownsell died 1st Feb 1958 aged 65 years / Alfred Brownsell died 8th June 1977 aged 86 years / Reunited / Also of a loving son and brother Leslie who fell asleep 30th Dec 1991                                                            (HDHS)

Remembered: Original Roll of Honour lists just ‘A Brownsell’. This could be Arthur who was the eldest. Albert and Arnold are recorded on the new roll of Honour. Both hang in the porch of St James Church, Hanslope.


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