1890 Cuckoo’s Hill, Hanslope
1891 9 Back [Gold] Street, Hanslope
1901 21 Gold Street (Peach View), Hanslope
1911 2 Peach View, Hanslope*
1939 1 Park Road, 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: 1886 Hanslope

Employment before war: Bricklayer’s labourer

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,  Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry 1/4th Battalion.

Arthur enlised August 1914 in Oxford and was part of South Midland Brigade in South Midland Division.

On March 30, 1915 landed at Boulogne; May 15, 1915 formation became the 145th Brigade in 48th (South Midland) Division. Took part in the battle of the Somme. November 1917 the Battalion moved with the Division to Italy.

Forces War Records UK

No. 34 Casualty Clearing Station [Other Ranks] moved as was necessary. By June it was set up at Vequemont near Amiens, in preparation for the Somme offensive. Arthur was wounded on August 14, 1916 and transferred from this Clearing station by no. 9 Ambulance train on 15th. He had suffered gunshot wounds IX 1 (Army Wound Classification: IX Gunshot wounds of the lower extremities.              1. Simple flesh contusions and wounds)

National Archives ref. MH 106/718

Arthur was wounded again August/September 1917.

Medals: awarded Star, Victory, British and Silver War Badge.

Nationl Archive ref. WO372/3 Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards.

Post War Information 

Married: August 30, 1919 (age 43) to Elizabeth Garratt (age 43). Arthur is recorded as a Labourer and his wife a Domestic Servant.

Remembered: the original Roll of Honour lists ‘A Brownsell’. This is likely to have been Arthur who was the eldest. His brothers Albert, Arnold and Harry are recorded on the new Roll of Honour. Both hang in the porch of St James Church, Hanslope.


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