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Frederick J Bracher


Name: Frederick J Bracher

Rank: Private

Service Number: 9629

Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1895

Place of Birth: Taunton

Place of Residence: 27 St James Street, Taunton

Date of Death: 30th April 1915

Place of Death: Ypres

Memorial: Ypres - Menin Gate

Frederick Bracher was the son of John Bracher, and lived at 27 St James Street, Taunton.  He was killed in action during the Second Battle of Ypres, which was noted as the first time the German army used poison gas on a large scale on the Western Front.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

The following obituary was printed in the Taunton Courier on 26th May 1915:


  Private Frederick Bracher, aged 20 years, of St James Street Taunton, enlisted in the 3rd Battalion (Special Reserve) Somerset L.I. about two years and four months ago, and subsequently transferred to the 1st Battalion, with whom he was stationed at Aldershot and Colchester.  He landed in France on August 22nd, and proceeded direct to the Battle of Mons, being engaged on August 24th.  After having survived the hardships of the winter campaign he was killed in action on April 30th.  Private Bracher wrote to his father most frequently, sometimes as often as two or three times a week, and many extracts from his letters have appeared in our columns.  Enclosed with the official notification of his death was a letter of sympathy from the King and Queen."

Memorial to Frederick Bracher on the Menin Gate


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