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Guardsman Conrad Marshall Brighton


2623057  6th Battalion Grenadier Guards


Conrad Brighton was born around 1913 and was the son of Tom and Emily Brighton.  The family lived in Great Cornard.  Conrad was educated at Sudbury Grammar School and was a keen member of the Stour Boating Club and was in the senior crew.  His father was Relieving Officer at Walnut House in Sudbury and at one time Conrad assisted him there before becoming the Assistant Relieving Officer in Bromley, Kent.  He was promoted and moved to Amptill in Bedfordshire as Relieving Officer for five years before enlisting.  His parents moved away from Great Cornard to Boscombe near Bournemouth, Dorset.


In 1938 he married Joyce Alice Halestrap of Acton Road, Sudbury; her father lost his life in the First World War in 1918 and is remembered on the Sudbury War Memorial.


Conrad served with the Grenadier Guards; he was described as ‘a fine young man in every sense of the term’.  In September 1943 he was reported as ‘wounded’ and then in January 1944 as ‘wounded and missing’.  His wife received official notification in February 1944 that he ‘had died of wounds in Italy’.  On 3rd September 1943 the Allies landed on mainland Italy, there was fierce fighting near Salerno on 8th-9th September.


Conrad died aged 30 on 13th September 1943 and lies buried in Salerno War Cemetery, Italy.  Salerno War Cemetery contains 1,846 British and Commonwealth graves, 107 of which are unidentified.


©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008