Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at mbbrabazon@yahoo.co.uk

As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!

The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

IN MEMORIUM - Brabazons who served in the Great War 1914-1918


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow…..and now it is the one hundred anniversary of the war that was to “end all wars”. Let us remember those Brabazon family members who fought and gave up their lives between 1914 and 1918 so that we could be free.

CPT ALAN BRABAZON, MID. British Army 6th Btn. Leinster Regiment from Churchtown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Son of Thomas and Haddie Brabazon of Churchtown, Co. Westmeath. He died of his wounds  8TH March 1918 and is buried in the Jerusalem Cemetary in Israel.

Gnr.  ANTHONY GODSELL BRABAZON (Tony). Australian Imperial Force Field Artillery Brigade from Elderslie, Winton, Queensland. Anthony Brabazon enlisted on the 23rd of February 1918 and embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Orontes on 5 June 1918, at the age of 18. At the end of the conflict he returned to Australia at own expense

CAPT. ERNEST WILLIAM MAITLAND MOLYNEUX BRABAZON. British Army 4th Bn Coldstream Guards from Woking, Surrey. He was born in Richmond Surrey on 22nd March 1884 to the Earl & Countess of Meath. He was married to the Hon. Dorothy Mary Brabazon of Bridley House, Worplesdon Hill, Woking, Surrey. He was killed in action  on 17th June 1915 and buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France

PTE.  FRANK BRABAZON. British Army 8th Btn Royal Dublin Fusiliers from Tubber Lane, Lucan, Co. Dublin, Ireland. KIA 12th June 1916. Son of Frank & Elizabeth Brabazon of 44 Mountjoy Street, Dublin and husband of Mary Brabazon. He died aged 37 and is memorialized on  the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Pte. GEORGE BERNARD BRABAZON. British Army 1st Btn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of William Percival Brabazon. He WAS KIA  on 11th April 1915  aged 23 and is buried in the Aeroplane Cemetery in Belgium

MAJ. JOHN HENRY BRABAZON, MC. . British Army 137 Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery from Dublin. Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette, volume WO389/7, Number 30813, Page 8779. Awarded the Military Cross. T./Lt. John Henry Brabazon, R.G.A. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in remaining at his observation post in a precarious position and enabling the battery to inflict severe losses on the advancing infantry." At Essigny on 21st March 1918, while John Henry served with 137 Heavy Battery RGA.

2nd Lt. ROBERT EDWARD FITZGERALD BRABAZON, MC. British Army Inniskilling Fuliliers awarded the MC London Gazette 1st Feb 1919 for bravery in Flanders, France

PTE  SIDNEY (Sydney) HAMILTON BRABAZON, Australian Imperial Force 19th and 4th Battalions was born 8 Jan 1900 in Albacore Crescent, Lewisham, England, son of William and Mary Ann Brabazon. He enlisted at Sydney when still aged 15, giving false details, and was KIA 25 July 1916 near Pozières France. He was buried nearby. His name is on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France. His elder brother George Bernard Brabazon was killed in action in 1915.

CPT. TERENCE ANTHONY CHAWORTH BRABAZON. British Army 1st Btn. Essex Regiment from Rochester, Kent. Born in Rochester, Kent. Son of Lt. Col. W.B. & Mrs. Mabel Brabazon. He died of wounds ON 3rd August 1916 aged 20 and is buried in Wilton Cemetery, Wilshire

Pte. WILLIAM RICHARD BRABAZON. Australian Imperial Force 20th Battalion from Australia. He embarked from Sydney on HMAT Ajana, on the 5th of July 1916 and fought in WW1

Gp. Capt. LIONEL WILMOT BRABAZON-REES, VC MC MID. Royal Air Force 11 Squadron from Plas Llanwnda, Castle Street, Caernarfon. Lionel Rees was born in Plas Llanwnda, Castle Street, Caernarfon in 1884. Rees was 31 years old and a Temporary Major in No. 32 Squadron RFC,  he was awarded the VC.

MAJOR HUBERT FRANCIS FITZWILLIAM BRABAZON FOLJAMBE. Serving with B Company, 2nd Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Expeditionary Force, when he was killed in action on Monday, September 14, 1914 during the 1st Battle of the Aisne.  He is remembered at the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial located at Seine-et-Marne, France.

PRIVATE WALTER BRABAZON GRANTHAM #947, Australian Imperial Army, 5 Infantry Battalion departed Melbourne on 21 October 1914 on board the HMAT Orvieto en route to fight in World War I. He lived at 96 Claremont Avenue, Malvern, Victoria.

SGT. RALPH AUSTIN BRABAZON.  Australian Infantry 5th Bn. KIA 26th June 1918. Son of John & Hannah Jane Austin Brabazon of Westmeath, Ireland. Husband of Adelaide Brabazon of Portsea, Victoria, Australia. KIA 25th June 1918 age 37  and is buried in Herne Bay Cemetery, Kent, England..

During Lord Mayor's Day celebrations in London, on 9 November 1915, an Australian nurse, Sister E Juist, braved the weather to chat to a group of Australian artillerymen, including Bombardier Brabazon. War records indicate that this was Ralph Austin Brabazon from Victoria.
The Lord Mayor's Procession began in 1215, when the citizens of London were allowed to elect a mayor for the first time. The newly elected Mayor was required by the King's charter to make a journey from the City to Westminster to swear allegiance to the Crown.
In 1915 the parade was a largely a military display. About 2,500 troops marched. German prisoners of war and captured guns and aircraft were paraded. The procession was timed to coincide with ten recruiting meetings as it passed.  Men fell in behind the Lord Mayor’s Coach and marched away to war. 

Photo: Australian War Memorial Collection.

John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, GBE, MC, PC (8 February 1884 – 17 May 1964) was an English aviation pioneer. At the outbreak of War he joined the Royal Flying Corps and served on the Western Front where he played a key role in the development of aerial photography and reconnaissance. In March 1915 he was promoted to captain and appointed as an equipment officer. On 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force, he was appointed as a staff officer(first class) and made a temporary lieutenant-colonel.
He finished the war with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was awarded the Military Cross, and had become a commander of the Legion d’honneur.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Moore-Brabazon,_1st_Baron_Brabazon_of_Tara

Vernon Andrew Brabazon, United States Army, Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division. Vernon A. Brabazon was born in Gladstone, MI May 18, 1893, the son of Elbert William and Margaret Brabazon. He came to Oshkosh, Wisconsin with his family in 1910. He enlisted in Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in 1916 and saw service on the Mexican Border. Old Company B became Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division in 1917. He was killed in battle August 1, 1918 at Bellvue Farm near Sergy, France. His remains were returned to Oshkosh in 1921.

Brabazon Campbell, 2nd Lt. Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 4th Btn. killed 18/12/1914. His name is on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL in Hainaut, Belgium


  1. A splendid and timely submission to the Blog

  2. I'd just like to add probably what we're all thinking....also to keep in our thoughts and prayers all those who suffered or died due to the War. The social fall-out must have been horrendous, plus the spread of the so-called Spanish flu reportedly killed as many as had died in the War itself. Sobering statistics, and a commentary on the stupidity of war in general, albeit a necessary evil at times. Michael Brabazon

  3. Regarding Capt. Hon E W M M Brabazon: 'He was married to the Hon. Dorothy Mary Brabazon of Bridley House, Worplesdon Hill, Woking, Surrey'.

    His wife was Dorothy Mary Ricardo (1887 - 1970), daughter of Col. Horace Ricardo, CVO, DL (Grenadier Guards) and Henrietta Goulburn, whose father, Edward Goulburn (1816 - 1887), had also been Col. of the Grenadiers. Hon Dorothy's marriage in 1912, tragically cut short in 1915, was followed by a widowhood of 55 years.

    Anonymous Reg.