Members of Brading, Shanklin and Ryde bands assembled at St Mary’s Church, Brading, on Sunday evening to remember the family member of one ringer.
100 year’s ago to the day at the age of 35, William Brett, the grandfather of Jill Taylor, was killed in action during World War I, leaving a widow and Jill’s mother at the age of just 5.
The well-struck quarter peal is recorded on Bellboard as follows:
Brading, Isle of Wight
St Mary the Virgin
Sunday, 15 October 2017 in 42 mins (9–3–19 in G)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Robyn Downer
2 June Mitchell
3 John R Stock
4 Jill Taylor
5 Margaret Downer
6 Kieran Downer
7 Barry Downer (C)
8 Peter Taylor
Rung half muffled in memory of 2nd Lieutenant William Frank Brett, of this parish, 24th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died 15/10/1917 aged 35. 17/32.
Jill Taylor (4th) is the granddaughter of William
The team assembled afterwards at the War Memorial for a group photo, which was taken by 6-year-old Mitchell.
L-r: John Stock, Kieran Downer, Revd Barry Downer, Margaret Downer, Jill Taylor, Robyn Downer (behind Jill), Peter Taylor and June Mitchell.