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11255 Private William Browning

8th(Service) Battalion(Machine Gun Section)

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

Born in Dawlish,near Torquay,Devon in 1897.

His parents were James Browning(1864-1918) and

Fanny Langdon(1859-1954). They were married on 18/04/1893.

He had 2 brothers,James(born in 1895) and

John Langdon(24/02/1904-1990). He also had a sister,

Dorothy Eliza(1898-1960).

In the 1901 census the family were recorded as living at

6 Commercial Road,Dawlish,Devon.Williams father

was employed as a porter on the Great Western Railway.

In the 1911 census,the family were now living at

2 Brunswick Terrace,Torre,Torquay,Devon.William was

employed as an errand boy for a tailors,whilst his father was a farm labourer working for a butcher and farmer.

He enlisted in Exeter and his date of disembarkation into France was on 08/12/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

At the time of his death,the family were living at

25 Rosery Road,Chelston Torquay.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,The British War 1914-1918 and the Allied Victory medals. 

Western Times - Tuesday 18 July 1916

Another member of the Torquay Mission Silver Band has been killed in action. Intimation having been received by Mr. and Mrs. Browning of Headingley  Avenue-Road, Torquay, that Pte. William Browning of the 8th Devons(machine gun section), had fallen. 

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