BRETT, Harold Frederick

1891 - 1974

Harold Frederick Brett, was born at Ipswich on 19 April 1891, eldest child of Frederick Charles Brett, a printer’s compositor, and his wife Alice née Leathers, who married at Ipswich in 1887. In 1901, a 9 year old living at 3 Foxhall Villas, Foxhall Road, Ipswich with his parents, 35 year old Frederick, born Stowmarket, Suffolk and 34 year old Alice, born Diss, Norfolk with four, of seven, siblings. By 1911, the family had moved to Cambridge Villa, Rushmere Road, Ipswich when young Harold was a student at Ipswich School of Art. At the commencement of the First World War he enlisted on 15 November 1914, at Esquimalt, British Columbia and served in the Canadian Medical Corps in France from 1915 and won the Military Medal. He exhibited two war drawings at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1918 'Views of Voormezeele, Belgium' and 'Bedford House, Ypres', from Swanton Villa, Stradbroke Road, Ipswich. He married Annie née Hamilton and had one son Gordon and in 1939, a traveller for a canned goods supplier, living at 259 Ben Lane, Sheffield with his wife Annie (born 1 January 1891) and son Gordon Hamilton (born 18 September 1925). Harold died at the Mildred Duff Memorial Home, North Walsham, Norfolk on 29 October 1974.