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Henry was born in Merthyr in 1897 but by 1901 his father has died and he is living with his widowed mother Catherine, at 41, The Struet along with his younger brother Thomas, one born in Brecon, and a lodger Charles Price, 26 a plasterer from Brecon.

Unfortunately, Thomas dies in 1902 aged two. Catherine Prosser marries Charles Price in the same year and by 1911 they are living at Silver Street, Brecon when Charles Price is shown as a labourer in a timber yard, with Henry, 15 now an apprentice railway wagon builder, shown as stepson.

He enlisted in Cefn-Coed and joined the South Wales Borderers as a private. The Second Battalion had joined the 87th Brigade within the 29th Division in 1915 and had fought through Gallipoli in 1915 before arriving in France and the Somme battlefield in 1916. The 29th were involved from the start in July through to the end in November and Henry is likely to have been killed in one of the final battles, possibly

Ancre Heights.

Private Charles Henry Prosser

South Wales Borderers Second Battalion, service no. 25998

Killed in action in France on October 20th, 1916, aged 19

Commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Private Alfred Gordon Quarrell

Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 6th Btn., service no.


Killed in action in France on August 12th, 1918, aged 22

Buried at Morlancourt British Cemetery No. 2, Somme,


widowed father in 34, High Street, Brecon, along with his one-year-old brother Gerald Mortimer and his Aunt Sarah. Alfred had started trading as a florist and fruiterer by this time. Gordon's father remarried in 1903 to Mary Margaret Probert and in 1911 the family are living in 36, High Street with the fourteen-year-old Gordon, his eleven-year-old brother Gerald and two more brothers, William James, 7 and Charles Robert, 4.

He was educated at Brecon County School and Colston School, Bristol and was learning his father's business of florist and nurseryman at the Wisley Horticultural Gardens, Surrey.

Alfred Gordon's father, also Alfred, was born in Worcestershire but by the age of 15 (1881) had left home and was working as a farm servant in Gloucestershire. By 1891 he had moved on to Llangattock where he was a domestic gardener. It was here that he probably met his first wife, Ada Kate Greening, and they were married in 1894.

By the time of Gordon's birth in 1896 they were living in Brecon.  Ada died in 1899 and in 1901 Gordon was living with his