Charles Clarence Brachi (1881-1960)
Charles Clarence Brachi was born at Islington, London on 22 January 1881. He was the second of seven children born to Peter Charles Brachi (1856-1945) and Clara Harriet Brachi neé Fry (1857-1935). His father was a Tobacco and Snuff Manufacturer.
By 1891, the family moved from Islington to East Barnet. Charles attended Leamington College and represented them at cricket from 1897 to 1900. He then went on to Cambridge and represented them at cricket, rugby and rowing. By 1901 the family were living at Hampstead.
In 1911, Charles, then aged 30, was an Assistant Schoolmaster at Kings School, Peterborough. He served with The King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) from 1913 to 1920, rising from Second Lieutenant to Captain. He fought at Gallipoli and was mentioned in dispatches.
While in the Army, Charles married Winifred Mary Ellis (1883-1942) at Tyneham on 10 June 1915. Just 15 days later he was photographed with D Company, 10th (Service) Battalion at Kingsbridge in South Devon.
After WW1 Charles became an instructor in the Royal Flying Corps and the family lived in Sleaford, Lincolnshire and later Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire.
Charles later was given the title Squadron-Leader.
Winifred Mary Brachi neé Ellis (1883-1942)
Winifred was born in 1883 to Robert Owen Ellis (1839-1905) and Elizabeth Ellis neé Matthews (1854-1897). She was the fifth of seven children.
When Winifred was 13, her mother Elizabeth died of post partum infection. Winifred was brought up by Elizabeth’s sister, Mary Jane Wheeler neé Matthews, in Bournemouth and later at The Bungalow, Worbarrow. Winifred’s father Robert, a Draper’s Assistant, died when Winifred was 21.
In later years, Winifred lived in Hertfordshire at Mill House, Bourne End, Boxmoor. She died at West Hertfordshire Hospital at Hemel Hempstead on 9 September 1942.
Children of Charles and Winifred Brachi
Charles and Winifred had three children:
● David Peter Brachi (1916-1983)
David was born in Wareham hospital and became a university lecturer. He also flight-lieutenant R.A.F.V.R. David married Doreen Bohey and they had four sons.
● Elizabeth Anne ‘Anne’ Brachi (1918-2009)
Anne, also born in Wareham hospital, married Vincent Gerard Doyle (1914-1999) in 1946 at Chelsea. Their eldest son David lives in Kinsale in the south-west of Ireland and he and his wife Angela regularly visit Tyneham and Worbarrow.
● Mary Winifred Brachi (1922-2012)
Mary was born at Sleaford in Lincolnshire where her father was based at the time. She worked as a physiotherapist in Midhurst, Sussex and in 1964 married Hartley Sharpe and moved to live in Spain. Her husband died in 1979 and Mary lived on the coast in Sussex for many years, eventually moving to Ireland to be near her sister Anne. She died in Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland in December 2012.
The three children spent a large part of each year at Worbarrow and they regarded The Bungalow as home. After Mary Jane Wheeler’s death in 1933, their aunt, Elizabeth Maude Ellis, continued to run The Bungalow and the Brachis continued to spend time there after until it was requisitioned in 1943.