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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Lawrence William BRAMBLES

Born 1890 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England [20] [21]
Son of William BRAMBLES and Frances Mary JONES [20 [21]
Grew up in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England where his father worked as a General Labourer and Groom [20]
In 1901 was living with his parents and siblings Janet, Dorothy, Arthur, Grace, Bertha and Baden at 19 Seames St, Scarborough [20]
Worked in England as an Agricultural Labourer [203]
Departed London, England with sister Janet on the steamship Armadale for Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 November 1910 [203]
Married (1) "Dolly" Kathleen Mary May MOORE on 15 March 1915 in Perth, Western Australia [39: 22-May-1918]
In 1915 he was working as a Labourer and was living at 12 Forbes Street in Perth [30: item 3112035]
Two months into his marriage, with his wife's consent, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 15 June 1915 [30] [39: 22-May-1918]
Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighed, 181 pounds and had brown eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.AT. A13 Katuna on 24 November 1915 [30]
Driver 1219 in the Australian Imperial Force's 5th Pioneer Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
During his first six months' away his wife's letters were affectionate but she then wrote she was sorry she'd married him [39: 22-May-1918]
His wife, by letter, said that during his absence she intended on having a good time and that he had better do the same [39: 22-May-1918]
Owing to the inflammation of connective tissues on his right foot he left active service and returned to Australia for a change [30]
Departed Plymouth, England on the Suevic and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 November 1917 [70]
Discharged from the A.I.F. on 28 November 1917; received the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Following his return he resided at 13 Hamel Street in North Perth and then at 142 Carr Street in East Perth [30]
When he arranged for his family to stay with his sister, his wife refused and then had nothing more to do with him [39: 22-May-1918]
He was granted a decree nisi at the Divorce Court in Perth on 21 May 1918 on the grounds of his wife's adultery [39: 22-May-1918]
Married (2) Ethel Maud CLEMENTS in Perth in 1920 [66]
Labourer in Esperance in 1925 [50]
In 1935 was of Henderson Street in the Perth suburb of Redcliffe and worked as a Shearer's Cook in northern Western Australia [88]
On the afternoon of 26 August 1935 was travelling from Carnarvon to Perth in company with three men in a truck [88]
The truck overturned near Coorow shortly after 1:30 p.m. and he was killed after being pinned underneath the truck [5: 30-Aug-1935] [88]
The three other men including the driver were injured but not dangerously, and were treated at the Carnamah Private Hospital [88]
Moora veterinarian J. C. MCINTOSH was first on the scene and soon after word was sent to Dr ROSENTHAL of Carnamah [88]
Another report of the accident claimed that the driver of the vehicle walked to Coorow to get assistance [5: 30-Aug-1935]
Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL of the Carnamah Private Hospital notified police constable FIEBIG of the accident at about 2:15 p.m. [88]
Constable Alan O. FIEBIG of the Carnamah Police Station and the doctor and matron of the Carnamah Hospital left for the scene [88]
His body was taken to Carnamah where it was placed in a room at the rear of the Carnamah Hotel, by special arrangement [88]
The three other men were taken to the Carnamah Private Hospital for treatment [88]
Constable FIEBIG contacted the coroner at about 4:40 p.m. and had John BOWMAN J.P. of Carnamah appointed Acting Coroner [88]
A Post Mortem was ordered and was conducted by Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL at 10 a.m. on 27 August 1935 [88]
Perth Police tracked down his sister Mrs Janet BARWICK of 29 Dane Street in Redcliffe, who made arrangements for his funeral [88]
C. H. SMITH & Co, undertakers of Perth, travelled to Carnamah on 27 August 1935 to transport his body to Perth for burial [88]
His sister revealed that he was married with two children however was living apart from them and she didn't know their address [88]
An inquest into his death was held in Carnamah at 2 p.m. on 29 August 1935 [88]
The inquest found the driver of the vehicle responsible for his death, however in court the driver was found not guilty [5: 4-Oct-1935] [88]
Died 26 August 1935 in Coorow; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, KA, 702) [2] [88]

From Occurrence Book No. 1 of the Carnamah Police Station, 29 August 1935:
"Coroner's Inquest held at 2 p.m. before John Bowman J.P. Acting Coroner, after having the evidence of Dr. Cecil Phillip Rosenthal, William Joseph Gaunt, Alan Sharwood Heales, Robert Henry Searle, Lawrence Edward Prout and Const Fiebig, the Acting Coroner gave the following finding:- I find that Lawrence William Brambles came by his death on the 26th day of August 1935 at Coorow as the result of injuries received in the overturning of a motor vehicle neglectfully driven by one Robert Vincent Emmett while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and that the said Robert Vincent Emmett unlawfully killed the said Lawrence William Brambles."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 4 October 1935:
Charge of Manslaughter - Emmett Acquitted
     "The trial of Robert Vincent Emmett on a charge of having unlawfully killed Lawrence William Brambles, at Coorow on August 26 last, when a truck driven by Emmett overturned resulting in the death of Brambles, was held before the Chief Justice (Sir John Northmore) and a jury in the Criminal Court, Perth, on Tuesday last. The accused, who pleaded not guilty, was defended by Mr. A. C. Muir. Mr. C. Gibson appeared for the Crown. On hearing the evidence, the jury, after a retirement of 20 minutes, brought in a verdict of not guilty. After announcing the jury's verdict of acquittal, the foreman, in reply to a questions from the Judge's Associate, said that the verdict was a unanimous one."
     "Constable A. O. Fiebig, of Carnamah, accompanied by Messrs. W. J. Gaunt and A. S. Heales, of Coorow, motored to Perth on Monday to give evidence in connection with the trial of Emmett, who was charged with manslaughter when the truck he was driving overturned near Coorow recently, and killed a passenger, L. W. Brambles. Dr. C. P. Rosenthal motored down on Tuesday to also attend the case."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lawrence William Brambles' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2024 from [reference list]

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