Owen Ernest Braysher

Owen Ernest Braysher was killed on the 29 October 1940 at Woodbridge Road, Moseley.

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Parents lived in Over, Cambridgeshire, which is where he is buried. Sapper 2072958 250 Field Company Royal Engineers Sapper's O.E. Braysher, J.E. Brown and L. Fitchett died whilst dealing with a Category A bomb as the bomb was was being removed it exploded. The delay action on this fuse detonated after 15 ½hours. West Midlands Police Records Raid 27 -28th October 1940 Air Raid Warning Red was received at 7.37 p.m. on Monday 28th October and the White message was sound at 11.25 p.m. The first report of a bomb being dropped was at 8.6 p.m. 54 High Explosive bombs were dropped, 11 of these were reported to be unexploded. Incendiary bombs caused about 260 incidents. The districts chiefly affected were: Aston, Balsall Heath, Handsworth, Moseley, and Selly Park. About 40 factories were damaged, including the following key points: Fisher and Ludlow, Sherlock Street - damaged by fire; Webley and Scott, Slaney Street - Incemdiary bomb - no damage; Saltley Gas Works - damage to a tar tank. Serious fires affected business premises in the following areas: Suffolk and John Bright Streets; Bromsgrove and Hurst Streets - several premises in Hurst Street being gutted; New Street, Corporation Street and High Street. The following churches were damaged: St. Phillip’s Cathedral roof destroyed by fire; St. Martin’s Church, Bull Ring - slight damage; Methodist Church, Bristol Street - extensive damage; St. Faith’s Church, Balden Road, Harborne - slight damage. Other premises damaged by fire were: Midland Bank, New Street - gutted; Midland Bank, Bennett’s Hill - gutted; Henry’s Stores, High Street - gutted; St. Joseph’s Home, Queen’s Park, Harborne -one wing destroyed by fire; Damage by fire was caused to Platform 6 and No. 3 Parcels Office, at New Street, LMS Railway Station. Total Casualties - 14 fatal and 23 non-fatal. Of these 2 fatal and 8 non-fatal occurred when the Military (Royal Engineers - Bomb Disposal Squad) were attending an unexploded bomb at Woodbridge Lane, Moseley. The bomb exploded whilst they were at work. Other damage: A Division - 130 fires and 4 High Explosive bombs -Smallbrook Street and area, Holloway Head, Cherry Street, Snow Hill, Exchange Restaurant. B Division - Pershore Road, Belgrave Road, Queen’s Park. C Division -Soho and Lozells. E Division - Moseley, Kings Heath, Cannon Hill, Small Heath.

Relatives of Owen :-

Ernest Charles Braysher (Father)
Ellen Caroline Braysher (Mother)



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