Regiment : School of Technical Training (Halton Camp) Royal Air Force
Service number : 194906
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 14th October 1918 aged 17
Place of death : Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Buried : Worcester (Astwood) Cemetery, Worcestershire, England, Grave 19645.
Relatives : Son of Mrs. L. Brant, 20 Melbourne St., Barbourne, Worcester, and the late J. T. Brant
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall. Worcester Astwood Cemetery.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
John Victor Brant, occupation: soldier, resident Melbourne Street, Claines, died in Aylesbury, Bucks. He was buried in consecrated ground in Astwood Cemetery on 18th October 1918, aged 17 years. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend W.L. * Ford.
Source for additional information: Register of burials in Astwood Cemetery, entry no 40291, available on microfilm at Worcestershire Archives.
A photograph of Airman J.V. Brant of Worcester can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 26th October 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
20 Melbourne Street, Worcester
John Brant, age 10
At the same address: James Thomas (father), carpenter and joiner, mother, uncle, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
RAF Halton is located near the village of Halton close to Wendover, Buckinghamshire. In 1916 the Royal Flying Corps moved its air mechanics school from Farnborough, Hampshire to Halton, and in 1917 the school was permanently accommodated in workshops built by German prisoners of war.
The Royal Air Force was established on 1st April 1918. John Brant was recruited on 7th June 1918. There is no detailed information about his cause of death – presumably it was a result of an accident at the training base or illness (possibly the 1918 influenza epidemic).