Regiment : B Company 24th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
Service number : 65112
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 23rd May 1916 aged 25
Buried : Wytschaete Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave IA. E. 7.
Birthplace : Native of Kidderminster
Relatives : Son of Richard and Eleanor Brereton, 156 Henwick Rd., Worcester, England
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Sebright Avenue, Worcester
Richard Brereton, head, age 39, Railway Goods Clerk
Eleanor Brereton, wife, age 41
Ada C. Brereton, daughter, age 11
John L. Brereton, son, age 10
John Lamb Brereton enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 26th October 1914 in Montreal, Canada. On his attestation form he gave his date of birth as 22nd August 1890 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, his occupation as a rancher and his next of kin as his father, Richard Brereton, Oak Dene, Henwick Road, Worcester. John was 5 feet 4 inches tall with blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion.
His service documents record that he sailed from Canada on 11th May 1915 on the S.S. Camperonia, arriving in England on 20th May 1915. On 12th June 1915 he was ‘forfeit 1 day’s pay’ for being absent without leave. John was promoted to Lance Corporal on 1st September 1915 and embarked for France from Folkestone on 15th September 1915. He was promoted to Corporal on 16th December 1915. On 29th January 1916 John was admitted to No 15 Casualty Clearing Station with a gunshot wound to his right hand with a complicated fracture of phalanges. After several weeks in the Canadian General Hospital at Etaples and 4 days at the convalescent depot, he returned to his unit on 6th April 1916. John was appointed Lance Sergeant on 11th April 1916. After returning from 8 days leave on 11th May, he was killed in action on 23rd May 1916.
National Archives of Canada Reference: RG150, Accession 1992-93/166,Box 1044 – 51.
The Canada Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty) records the following information on Private John Brereton, 65112:
“Killed in Action” in the vicinity of St Eloi.
The Canada Commonwealth War Graves Registers record the following information on John Brereton:
Originally buried in Grave T.18, St Eloi, exhumation and re-burial in Wytschaete Military Cemetery.
A photograph of Lance Sergeant J.L. Brereton can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 17th June 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.