4th September 1918

Captain Joseph Oscar Muntz, aged 42, died of wounds on 4th September 1918 whilst serving with B Company, 16th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Born in Tanworth-in-Arden in 1876, Oscar, as he was known, was the youngest child of George Frederick Muntz (1822-1898) of Umberslade Hall and his second wife Sara Matilda (née Kell) who had married at Edgbaston in February 1866. The couple had six children following the death of his first wife Marianne Lydia (née Richardson) in 1864. There were also eight children from the first marriage.

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3rd September 1918

Private Frank Bryan died on 3rd September 1918 whilst serving in France with the 1st Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

He was born on 16th May 1887 although some sources suggest he was born in Oxfordshire, and others indicate he was born in Brailes, Warwickshire. It looks as if his mother, Hannah (sometimes recorded as Annie) married Frank Pratt in 1889.

By 1911, he was a gardener boarding in Dorridge Cottages, Knowle with the family of Alfred Marshall, landscape gardener.

It seems that he enlisted in December 1917. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Roll gives his mother as Hannah, 15 George Road, Hay Mills.

Frank Bryan died as a result of enemy action and is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. He is commemorated in the Soldiers’ Chapel, Knowle.

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