The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private E A Munroe


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Private Edwin Arthur MUNROE, L/10863, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 20th December 1916, age 25.

Born Dalston, E, son of Henry Robert and Blanche O'Brien, of 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London. 


1911 Census - 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London - Henry Robert Bryan, head, age 47, married, Billiard Table Maker, worker, born Hackney, London; Blanche Bryan, wife, age 45, married 25 years, 5 children, all still alive, born Guiseley, Yorkshire; Edwin Arthur Bryan, son, age 19, single, printer machine hand, worker, born Dalston, London; Victor Maurice Bryan, son, age 17, single, apprentice compositor, worker, born Wood Green, Middlesex; Blanche Irene Bryan, daughter, age 14, school, born Wood Green, Middlesex.


1st April 1908, enlisted Hornsey under the name of Edwin Arthur Bryan, age 17 years & 10 months, printer, employed by A W Bell & Co, Clerkenwell, apprenticed until 1912. Resided 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London.  Father H R Bryan, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London.

Serving with 1st Volunteer Battalion, DCO, Middlesex Regiment, 21st January 1908 to 31st March 1908.

1st April 1908, posted 7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, Territorial Force, Service No.128.

2nd August 1908 to 16th August 1908, Worthing, Annual Training.


29th June 1909, enlisted London under the name of Edwin Arthur Bryan, age 17, height 5ft 8⅞ inches, weight 119lbs, brown eyes, dark brown hair, pulse 104, birthmark right shin, scar left knee. Born Dalston, London, Middlesex. Formerly printers labourer.

As advised by Soldier on enlistment - Father, Henry Robert Bryan, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London; Mother, Blanche Bryan, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London; Brothers - Harry Bryan, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London; Frederick Bryan, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London; Victor Bryan, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London; Sister, Blanche Bryan, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London.

Serving in 7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, Territorial Force.

Home 29th June 1909 to 6th October 1914; BEF 7th October 1914 to

29th June 1909, posted 3rd Battalion,  Lancashire, Fusiliers, Service No.3505; 29th June 1909 to 27th November 1909, Special Course of training; 22nd September 1909, 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 7th May 1910 to 5th June 1910, completed 6 months drill; 6th June 1910 to 18th June 1910, Annual Training; 29th May 1911 to 24th June 1911, Annual Training; 1st July 1912 to 27th July 1912, Annual Training; 30th June 1913 to 26th July 1913, Annual Training; 29th June 1914 to 25th July 1914, Annual Training; 8th August 1914, Hull, mobilized; 7th October 1914, posted BEF & 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; 15th October 1914, 8th General Hospital, St Nazaire, France, syphilis, did not join Battalion; 18th October 1914 to England, Carisbrooke Castle; 25th October 1914 to 23rd November 1914, Hospital; 9th January 1915, deserted.


Enlisted London, Middlesex, age 22 years & 233 days, height 5ft 9 inches, weight 136lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair.  Resided 39 Farrant Avenue, Wood Green, London N. Formerly printer.

Brothers - Frederick *Munroe, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green, London; Henry *Munroe, address unknown. * As advised by soldier on enlistment when their lastname was actually O'Brien.

Home 3rd February 1915 to 30th August 1915; BEF 31st August 1915 to 20th December 1916.

3rd February 1915, enlisted & posted Eastern Cavalry Depot, / 17th Lancers, Service No.9235; 4th February 1915, Woolwich; 3rd June 1915, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th June 1915, Chatham, absent from 9.30pm until Reveille 21st June 1915, admonished & forfeits 9 days pay; 31st August 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1915, 5 Infantry Base Depot; 5th September 1915, joined Battalion "A" Company, In the Field; 30th October 1915, In the Field, not being shaved when parading for Commanding Officers inspection, 7 days confined to Barracks; 18th November 1915, In the Field, having a dirty rifle in the Fire Trench, 4 days confined to Barracks; 3rd March 1916, 14 Field Ambulance, JCT left leg; 3rd March 1916, 42 Casualty Clearing Station, JCT left leg; 7th March 1916, 2nd General Hospital; 8th July 1916, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 9th August 1916, joined Battalion "A" Company, In the Field; 23rd August 1916, drunk in Airaines, France, about 9.00pm, awarded 28 days Field Punishment No.2.

13th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none; Father, Henry Robert O'Brien, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green; Mother, Blanche O'Brien, 5, Morley Avenue, Wood Green; Brothers - Henry William O'Brien, age 32, 75 Jackson Road, Oakley Park; Victor Maurice O'Brien, age 25, 1 Edith Road, New Southgate; Sisters - Blanche Irene O'Brien, age 22.

Buried at Gorre Indian & British Cemetery, III. D. 17., France.

NOTE:  Served as MUNROE - "O'BRIEN," the true family name.


27th February 1920, Infantry Records Office - As the above named was never tried for desertion or fraudulent enlistment, and was killed in action 20th December 1916, the 1914 Star cannot be considered as forfeited. Will you therefore obtain the decoration from the War Office and forward the same to this office for disposal.


Leading Seaman Frederick George Bryan, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Verdun, Service No.235668. died 13th October 1918, age 29. Buried New Southgate Cemetery, R.763. Hertfordshire. Son of Henry Robert and Blanche Bryan, of 120A, Gladstone Avenue, Wood Green, London. Born at Dalston, London. Served in the Persian Gulf and at the Dardanelles.


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