Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
Date Information
09/01/2021 Private Henry Bryans arrived in France on 15th August 1914.
09/01/2021 Known family: Samuel Bryans, Rachel Bryans, Sarah Bryans (born 27th August 1883, Armagh), William John Bryans (born 20th March 1885, Dungannon), Samuel Bryans (born about 1889, Dungannon), Ann Elizabeth Bryans (born 24th May 1890, Dungannon), Robert Bryans (born 14th June 1892, Dungannon), Henry Bryans (born 4th August 1894, Dungannon), David Bryans (born 7th October 1896, Dungannon), Fredrick Bryans (born 12th February 1899, Belfast), Agnes Bryans (born 28th May 1901, Belfast).
09/01/2021 It is believed the family moved from Caledon to Belfast sometime between 1897 and 1899. This is deduced from the 1901 census which tells us 4 year old David was born in Tyrone, but 2 year old Frederick was born in Belfast.
09/01/2021 Henry was born on 4th August 1894 in Caledon, County Tyrone. He was one on ten children, eight surviving.
09/01/2021 Henry Bryans was the son of Samuel and Rachel Bryans. Samuel Briens and Rachel McCullagh were married on 5th January 1883 in the district of Armagh.
09/01/2021 Private Henry Bryans has no known grave and is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial in France.
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30/12/2015 Henry and Frederick Bryans are also commemorated on the WWI Roll of Honour tablet in St Matthews Church, Belfast.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records the family as living at 20 Cambrai Street, Shankill, Belfast. Henry was six years old. Samuel Bryans was a bricklayer.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows the family still lived in the same house. Henry was sixteen years old and worked as labourer in an iron works.
30/12/2015 Private Henry Bryans was serving with the 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars when he was killed in action on the 11th September 1914 at the First Battle of Aisne in France, reconnoitring the bridge at Conde. There is some dispute on the actual date of death.
30/12/2015 A memorial service was held on the evening of 8th November 1914 at St Matthews Church, Belfast for Harry Bryans. It was noted that "the attendance was very large, and the service was very hearty and impressive."
30/12/2015 Henry was one of five Bryans’ brothers who fought in the war. Two were killed; Henry and Frederick. Frederick was serving as a Rifleman with the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, 12583. He died at the age of 19 on 21 November 1917. His name is recorded on panel 10 of the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France. Because Frederick was born in Belfast he is not included in the Dungannon War Dead.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Henry Bryan as the son of Samuel and Rachel Bryans of 150 Cambrai Street, Belfast.
30/12/2015 Captain Brooke, officer commanding his squadron, in writing to his parents, describes him as "a very promising young soldier and a general favourite with his comrades, who deeply deplore his loss."
30/12/2015 The officers and lads of the Company join in expressing their sympathy to his family in their bereavement.
30/12/2015 Private Bryans was one of the first members of our Cadet Company, and held the rank of sergeant at the time of his departure.
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