The Brydons

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Maj. Walter Brydon, D. S. O.

Male 1880 - 1918  (38 years)


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  • Name Walter Brydon 
    Prefix Maj. 
    Suffix D. S. O. 
    Born 21 Mar 1880  Jordanstown, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1891  Fulham, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1901  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Apr 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension, Noeux-les-Mines, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7999  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2016 

    Father William Walter Brydon,   b. 21 Feb 1848, Burncastle, Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1916  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Jenny Hay Marshall,   b. 1848, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 5 Nov 1873  Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2669  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Mar 1880 - Jordanstown, County Antrim, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - Fulham, London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Apr 1918 - France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension, Noeux-les-Mines, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Major Walter Brydon D.S.O.
    Major Walter Brydon D.S.O.

    Histories
     Walter Brydon
    Walter Brydon

  • Notes 
    • He served with the South African Heavy Artillery in the 73rd Seige Battery....


      Son of Jenny Hay Brydon, of Richmond House, 36, Blessington Rd., Lewisham, London, and the late William Walter Brydon. Native of Whiteabbey, Belfast. On Rondebosch War Memorial in St. Paul's Anglican Churchyard. On Cape Town "Company Gardens" Artillery Memorial. A significant extract from John Buchan's accounts reflects just what an amazing human being Major Walter Brydon was "The stand on the 9th April 1918 checked the enemy for a time, and all batteries were able to take up less exposed positions. They suffered, however, from a continuous bombardment, and on the 12th April 1918 the heroic commander of the 73rd was killed by a shell. He had left the doctor's hands when a severe burst of German fire began, and had hurried forward to see to his guns. No officer in the British Army had a finer record for gallantry and devotion to duty. His Battery was known everywhere on the front as "Brydon's Battery," and he was beloved by is men, for his only thought was for them. During the 9th, though wounded himself, he helped to dress the other wounded, and when the men at the guns began to show signs of exhaustion, he himself dealt out rum to them. Finally he went through a downpour of shells to find a doctor and more dressings. It was one of the many ironies of the war that he never received the Victoria Cross, for he won it a dozen times. Let his epitaph be the words of a gunner in his Battery, who had served with' him only a few weeks, and who on the 9th April 1918 had his arms and legs shot away. Major Brydon stopped and asked if he could do anything for him. The dying man raised himself on his stumps. "By God, Brydon," he cried, "you are a man. I'm only good for the parson now, but I'm proud to die under you."