This year being the centenary of the outbreak of WWI, there is a great flurry of activity to identify and recognize ancestors who participated in this conflict.
Thus far I have identified 5 men of the Brinston name who served in the military during WWI, 4 of them from Newfoundland, of whom 3 died in the war with the 4th surviving only a couple of years after the war.
Private Augustus Perry, died 16 August 1917, aged 19, and is remembered on the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park in France. He was the son of Nelson and Hannah Brinston of Bay Bulls Arm, Trinity Bay.
Private George Brinston, died 19 October 1917 at the age of 17, and is remembered on the Beaumont-Hamel (Newfoundland) Monument. He was the son of Robert William and Amelia Jane Brinston of North Harbour, Placentia Bay.
Seaman Leslie Brinston of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve died 25 January, 1917 at the age of 32 in the sinking of the armed merchant cruiser Laurentic that struck two mines in the north of Ireland. He is remembered on the Beaumont-Hamel (Newfoundland) Monument. Leslie was the son of Robert William and Amelia Brinston and husband of Susie Brinston, of North Harbour, Placentia Bay.
Seaman Alison Brinston of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve was the son of Robert Brinston of North Harbour, Placentia Bay. He died 01 July 1921 of phthisis and is buried in North Harbour (old) United Church Cemetery in Placentia West. He is also remembered at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in St. John’s.
Harold William Brinston, born in 5 July 1888 in Brinston, Ontario, was the son of Albert Brinston and lived in Transcona Manitoba at the time of enlistment. He returned from the war and in 1922 married Mabel Dunham in Winnipeg. Harold William Brinston died in 1959 and is buried in Garry Memorial Park, Winnipeg.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, http://www.cwgc.org/
Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/
Library and Archives Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx
Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency, http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/Query.php
Newfoundland’s Grand Banks, http://ngb.chebucto.org/