|William John||= 1920||Prudence Emily (Stroud)|
Publican of Blue Boar
|d. 5/July/1968 (76)
|d. 17/July/1961 (69)
|Kenneth John||Anthony||Francis C|
|b. 17/Oct/1922 Aldbourne||b. 1927||b. 1929|
|= 1/Sept/1942 Mary (Pratt)|
d. 10/June/2020 (92)
|Letter to the Dabchick by
Anthony (Tony) Brind
|See Survivor Guilt (The Dabchick, August 1998)|
|See also Old contract for sale||William John Bunce|
|Brentwood veteran to meet the Queen (13/June/2012)||72 year anniversary
|Return to index||Skeleton of tree|
From: Kenneth and Mary Brind
Date: 16 May 2007 15:14:59 BDT
To: Jonathan Brind
Subject: Re: I have just been sent some documents about the brief military career of your father
I have phoned my brother Tony in Swindon this morning. He has records of our father's military service ,which included service in France, and a photo or two. He is going to dig them out. Yes, he did indeed have a cleft palate but had no difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
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From: Jonathan Brind To: Kenneth and Mary Brind Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:43 AM Subject: I have just been sent some documents about the brief military career of your father
I have just been sent some documents about the brief military career of William John Brind 1891-1968, the Aldbourne thatcher, and I think your father.
William John attempted to enlist, or was drafted in 1914 but they wouldn't have him because he had an extensive cleft palate, which meant he articulated quite inaudibly making him useless as a soldier. It probably saved his life. He was 5'6", weighed 144lbs, a little over ten stone, and had a 36" chest (or 39" expanded), when he was 22 years old.
Did he really have a cleft palate or was it just a case that they couldn't understand his accent?
On 30 Apr 2007, at 19:34, Kenneth and Mary Brind wrote:
Good morning Jonathan,
Thanks again for the CDs, we have now had an opportunity to play them, The hifi copy is thoroughly enjoyable, especially the stories and the accent. Haven't heard an accent like that for many years. The computer version was not quite as successful as I cannot get any audio and I presume there is a commentary, but over the next few days I will get someone with much more knowledge than I to have a look at what I need to do to get it right. The pictures, even without commentary, are very interesting. Thanks again, Ken