Gunner Peter J.G Brett

Gunner Peter J. G. Brett, 69th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He died on 2nd May 1916, aged 23, in Mesopotamia and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. He was the eldest son of Patrick and Mrs Emma Brett of 30 Eldred Street, Carlisle and previously of Wellington Cottage, Berwick upon Tweed at which time Mr. Brett was Barrack Warden at the Depot. He had been engaged as an ” observer ” at the time and it had been hoped he was a prisoner of the Turks. The R.F.A. normally used the 18 pounder gun in an anti infantry role using both high explosive and shrapnel shells one of which is shown below. The ” Forward Observer” was usually posted to a forward position to gauge the fall of shot and send back any adjustments needed. This role tended to be rather dangerous.

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