Along with colleagues at Laindon Archive and Basildon Heritage we are continually researching those heroes who had a connection to the Borough and lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
William John Branch died at the age of 19 on 13 June 1918. The information we have is that when he enlisted he was residing in Brightlingsea and his parents were living at 7 Florence Cottages, Brightlingsea.
He appears on the Brightlingsea War memorial, so why does he appear on the St Nicholas Church War Memorial. What was his connection to Laindon? Were other members of the family living here etc, etc,
Does anybody know??