Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Rank: AM Class2
Commemorated: Woodhall Spa
2nd Air Mechanic Stanley Brigham was the eldest son of the late Charles Brigham and Mrs. Brigham of Glenesk Woodhall Spa. He had a younger brother, Laurie Brigham, who served with the Gordon Highlanders and who was wounded in the right thigh in May 1917. Stanley died as the result of pneumonia on the 8th February 1917 at the 1st Eastern General Hospital Cambridge. He was subsequently brought home to be buried in Woodhall Spa cemetery. The report of his burial in the Horncastle News tells us he was buried with full Military honours, the coffin being covered with the Union Jack. The bearers were Pte. H. Skelton, Pte. G. Last and 2 soldiers from the local Red Cross V.A.D. Hospital in Woodhall. The local V.T.C. formed the Guard of Honour. Stanley left a Wife, Maggie, (who is said to have lived at 14 Melville Terrace, Edinburgh)and two children. Prior to the war, Stanley worked as a plumber for Mr. Lee. He was 27 years old.
Unfortunately, little is known of Stanley’s military service. I have been unable to establish the squadron in which he served or if he was, like many others, transferred to the RFC from an infantry unit. Without this vital information, it is not possible to trace Stanley’s steps.