I Brandwood
Courtesy of Halifax Courier

In 1911 Isaiah, aged 16, was living with his mother Sarah at 12 Roper Lane, Ambler Thorn. Sarah was a widow, her husband Harry having died in the 10 years since the last census.  Isaiah had an older brother Roger who in 1911 was serving in the Army.

Isaiah served in the 1st/4th  Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) he was killed in action on the 3rd September 1916, and is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL (Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B).

On the 3rd September 1916 the 1st/4th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s launched an attack on Schwaben Redoubt, the war diary gives a detailed description of this action.  Of a strength of 18 Officers and 618 Other Ranks, 11 Officers and 334 Other Ranks were killed, wounded or missing.

Roger, his brother, is shown on the 1911 family census as serving in the army, however this entry is crossed out as he was not at home, he is listed on census return for the Scots Guards at The Guards Depot, Caterham.

Medal cards show that Roger Brandwood served in the 2nd Battalion. Scots Guards during in the war.  Roger initially had his awarded medals forfeited; due to receiving stolen goods (entry 1st February 1919) the issue for his medals was resubmitted (4th June 1921).