Search for family of Sheffield WW1 marine

David Wright with the medal of John Brashaw from WW1, Sheffield. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
David Wright with the medal of John Brashaw from WW1, Sheffield. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
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A search is on for relatives of a Sheffield World War One veteran after his war medal was found in a house clear-out.

David Wright is hoping to track down the descendants of John William Brashaw after recently finding his campaign medal while clearing out his mother’s home on Millhouses Lane following her recent death.

The service record and medal. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The service record and medal. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

He is asking for public help to find potential relatives of Mr Brashaw, who joined the Royal Marines as a teenager, after drawing a blank with his own research so far.

Mr Wright said he hoped the unusual surname of the military veteran means it will be easier to trace someone with a connection to him.

He said he had found the medal in a bag inside a desk.

“My dad collected stuff and I suspect he would have been at a car boot or a bric-a-brac shop and bought it,” he said.

The medal presented to John Brashaw from WW1. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The medal presented to John Brashaw from WW1. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

“I just thought - ‘I wonder if he has got any descendants?’ It would be really nice for them to have this.”

Mr Wright said: “I have done some research and was able to find out some details about this man.

“He was born in May 1899 and enlisted in the Royal Marines on August 1, 1916.

“He survived the war and was discharged in 1918 - his discharge address is given as 49 Eadon Rd, Attercliffe.

“I would like to return the medal, which is in excellent condition, to his descendants, especially as it is 100 years since the young man signed up, aged just 17.”

Mr Wright said he had phoned the two Brashaws in the Sheffield phone book.

But he has had no success so far in finding anyone with any connection to the soldier.

He said: “It is an unusual surname so it should not be too difficult to find someone who might be able to help me.”

Mr Wright said that as well as the medal, he would also be able to give any of Mr Brashaw’s relatives a copy of his service record - which contains details like how tall he was, his swimming abilities and the names of the commanding officers he served under.

The medal has Mr Brashaw’s name engraved on the side and says on the front ‘The Great War for Civilisation, 1914 - 1919’.

Anyone with information which may help with the search can contact Mr Wright by emailing davidjrwright@hotmail.co.uk.