This latter information is clearly incorrect. There was no 21st Dorset Yeomanry but rather a 2/1st which was formed at Sherborne in September 1914. In October 1915, the 2/1st
Dorset Yeomanry was stationed
at Lewes which is possibly where A R Braysher got to know of them. The unit though, never went overseas and was
broken up in 1916 to become a cyclist unit.
A R Braysher served throughout the war and gets a final mention in the August 1919 edition of the Chailey Parish Magazine. The National Archive lists him as 230970 Private A R Braysher of the 2/1st Dorset Yeomanry.
An Alfred Braysher is recorded on the 1891 census of
and England as a two
year old pauper inmate at the Lewes Union workhouse. His place of birth is recorded as Lewes but
there are two other Brayshers listed who were born at Chailey – Sarah Ann
Braysher (aged 27, single, working as a char woman) and Edith Braysher (aged
It seems likely that the two children were Sarah’s. Alfred appears on the 1901 census as the 12 year old step son of 58 year old Alfred Trasly (the surname is difficult to read on the census so this may be an inaccurate spelling). Alfred is noted as being blind and no occupation is recorded for him. His wife is Sarah (aged 39), presumably the Sarah Ann of 1891. Alfred’s surname is spelt Brayzer. The family was living at
2 Edward Street, Lewes. There is no mention of Edith who would have
been 16 or so and presumably at work elsewhere.