Brett, James McGilton (No. 91125)

Brett, James McGilton (James)

Private

No. 2135, Highland Light Infantry, transferred to

No. 91125, 13th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps

Died of wounds on Friday 27 July 1917 (aged 18)

Buried:

Maroeuil British Cemetery, France (Grace IV. E. 15)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Britt.

James McGilton Brett was born on 24 October 1898 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards and he was the youngest son of Robert and Anna Maria (Annie) Brett (nee McGilton, sometimes Magilton, sometimes McGiltin) who were married on 21 January 1882 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  Robert Brett, a soldier from George’s Street, Newtownards was a son of Robert Brett, a weaver.  Anna Maria McGilton from Greenwell Street, Newtownards was a daughter of James McGilton, a scutcher.

The Brett family lived in Greenwell Street, Newtownards.

Robert Brett served for a time in the Army and in civilian life he worked as a weaver.

Robert and Annie Brett had at least seven children:

Eliza Jane (born 14 October 1883 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards while her father was in the Army in England)

Robert John (born 5 April 1886 in George’s Street, Newtownards)

Edward (born 26 August 1887 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards; his father was a discharged soldier)

Margaret (born 30 November 1888 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

Margaret Hedley (born 23 April 1892 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

Hugh (born 26 June 1894 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

James McGilton (born 24 October 1898 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

James was two months old when his mother Annie died of gastro enteritis on 13 January 1899 (aged 40).

James was three years old when his father Robert died of acute bronchitis on 1 August 1902 (aged 46)

James McGilton Brett enlisted in Glasgow and at that time he was living at Maryhill, Glasgow.  Private James McGilton Brett served with the Highland Light Infantry (No. 2135) and then with the 13th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (No. 91125)

Private James McGilton Brett was 18 when he died of wounds on 27 July 1917.  He had made a will and his property and effects were received by his sister who lived at 96 Vernon Street, Maryhill, Glasgow.

His sisters and brothers placed a For King and Country notice in the 25 August 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.

Private James McGilton Brett was buried in Maroeuil British Cemetery in France and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.