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Frank Albert De Brath

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Death: May 18, 1932 (67-75)
Durban, South Africa
Place of Burial: Durban, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Felix Dupeiron De Brath and Anna 'Louisa' Mary Gertrude Monica De Brath
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Winifred De Brath
Brother of Stanley De Brath, M.Inst.C.E.; Major-General, Sir Ernest De Brath and Cyril De Brath

Occupation: Clerk Stock Jobber, 1881 London Stock Exchange
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About Frank Albert De Brath

FRANK A. DE BRATH Parents: Felix Dupeiron de Brath and Anna (nee Higgs)

1860 circa July - Frank born in Paris France (See records of British nationals born abroad - National Archives)

To quote Stanley in his 1920 autobiography: " father, tiring of the (English) country life, went to Paris. We had a house at Neuilly and then an "appartement" in the Rue du Chemin de Versailles, at the top of the Champs Elysees, for, I think, two years - 1860-62.

April 1861 they were back in England for the UK Census: 1861 (7th April) UK Census Registration district: Newton Abbot, Sub-registration district: Teignmouth, 22 Brunswick Place, Dawlish, Devon, UK:

  • Felix, married age 39 - Fundholder, born Spain (B.Sub - British Subject)
  • Louisa, Married 32, wife, born London
  • Stanley, 6, born Sydenham, Kent
  • Ernest, 2, born Sydenham, Kent
  • Frank A., 10 mths, born Paris, France - British Subject
  • 1 Cook, 1 Nurse, 1 House Servant

1862 Moved to Cosham, near Portsmouth, Hampshire (again Stanley states: " a house with beautiful grounds which I remember with pleasure").

1871 (2nd April) English Census: transcription lists 'W' instead of 'De' for Felix and omits De for the rest of the family in error.

  • Felix W Brath 52
  • Louisa Brath 42
  • Stanley Brath 16 - born Sydenham, Surrey
  • Ernest Brath 12 - born Forest Hill, Surrey
  • Frank Brath 10 - born Paris France - British Subject
  • Cyril Brath 1 - born Lee, Kent.

1881 (3rd April) England Census Frank is a boarder with a Dr and Mrs Gerard Smith (Surgeon and his wife) living at "The Acacias, Clapton Road, Hackney, London. His occupation is listed as a Clerk on the Stock Exchange.

Another 1881 England Census has Frank A. De Brath, Clerk Stock Jobber, aged 20, as a visitor with the Rhodes family in Earlswood, Civil Parish of Lambeth, London.

Also another 1881 English Census lists Frank with his family in Hove, a district of Brighton: Address: 1 Russell Crescent, Hove, Sussex Civil parish: Brighton

  • Charlotte Higgs, b. Heykesbury, Shrewsbury, Mother of Louisa De Brath,
  • Louisa De Brath, b. 1829, London, England, daughter of Charlotte Higgs, 52 yrs old
  • Félix De Brath, born Spain (1821), and a naturalized British Subject. Also states Felix (59yrs) as 'Living On His Income, Dividends Etc' .
  • Cyril De Brath, born c.1870 Blackheath, Kent, England
  • Frank A. De Brath, b. 1861 Paris, France (20 years old)
  • two servants

1890 Brother Stanley's memoirs state that Frank (aged 29) was in South Africa in 1890 [Source: John Murray 'Pat' McSwiney, "A Family History, Vol.I, Part 5, page 10].

  • 1891 Frank De Brath, aged 31, gentleman from England, was a passenger on the ss Servia from Liverpool to New York, arriving with 6 pieces of luggage. Citizen of England. ( - Source citation Year 1891 Microfilm serial: M237 ; Microfilm roll: M237_579; Line: 33, List 1770)

1894 Mr. F. De Brath, aged 31, merchant, citizen of England, resident of London, arrived in New York (where he was in transit) from Liverpool, England, on the ss Teutonic, with '6 pieces of luggage'

1896 Frank De Brath, age 29, Gent from England, embarked New York arrived Liverpool on ss Lucania

1900, January Nov 1920 Stanley wrote that Frank (aged 40) was 'a resident of South Africa at the time of their father's death in January 1900. [Source: John Murray 'Pat' McSwiney, "A Family History, Vol.I, Part 4, page 3)]

1900, November Campaign or Service: South Africa - Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902

Roll of Individuals entitled to the South Africa Medal and Clasps

Name:Mr F De Brath: Joined November 1900. Service Location: South Africa Regiment or Unit Name: Civilians Employed By The Field Force Canteens

1902.05.31 Peace of Vereeniging signed, ending Anglo-Boer War. The general discharge of prisoners of war in South Africa began in June 1902. Boer prisoners of war in Bermuda numbered about 4300. Many overseas prisoners of war, especially those in India, were sceptical about the peace conditions and refused to take the oath of allegiance to the British Crown. In spite of the efforts of Gen. De la Rey and Comdt. I. W. Ferreira to induce them to return, about 500 of the 900 ‘irreconcilables’ were not to be persuaded until Jan 1904.

In July 1904 the last 4 Transvaalers were discharged from India, but in May 1907 two Free Staters were still there. There were 100 men per district to every shipload, and on their arrival they were first sent to camps at Umbilo and Simonstown, where they were given food and clothing. Those who were self-supporting were allowed to go home.

The following was an advertisement placed in the Saturday 11 August 1917 Edition of the Sydney Morning Herald:



    The Leading Hotel Brokers of South Africa, 
    Inquiries for Licensed Premises will receive prompt attention.
    Write to:
    PO BOX 1112, DURBAN ,
    References:  African Banking Corporation and the South African Breweries''
  • 1925 South Africa reverts to gold standard. Afrikaans constituted an official language.
  • 1930 White women receive the vote.
  • 1932 Airmail service between South Africa and Britain started in January. Wireless telephone communication established with Britain in February.

Repository Database in the Pietermaritzburg Archives, National Archives of South Africa (NASA):


* Source: MSCE. Reference 1662/1959.

  • De Brath, Frank. Estate No. 18237.
  • ===Deceased Estate. Starting 1932'===

End Date 1938.

  • SS (Surviving Spouse) - Elizabeth Winifred, Born Shepherd

Also: Source Reference NAB, MSCE, Leer 1662/1959, Part 1

  • De Brath, Mary Elizabeth (Born Shepherd) Born in Pietermaritzburg.
  • PR/SP De Brath, Frank. Estate No. 18237.
  • ===Deceased Estate. Starting 1959,===
  • Ending 1960


  • 5/18/1932 Frank de Brath 72 yrs

[Source: eGGSA Library: 1334 N European, European Male - (Plot) F Hold] Stellawood Cemetery and Crematorium, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. This municipal cemetery is the largest in Durban. It is situated at the top of Stellawood Road which interesects Umbilo Road. The majority of the graves are in the main military plot (Plot F) which has a Cross of Sacrifice in the First World War section and a Stone of Remembrance below the Second World War terraces. ]


(To be explored if following are descendants of Frank:)

The Family Register of the South African Nation Page 234: Eleonora (22/5/1942), tr. Mrt. 1963 C. A. HANNAN, Kaapstad (Cape Town) b.2. William (31/3/1945). A. de B. DE BRATH

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Frank Albert De Brath's Timeline

July 1860
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
May 18, 1932
Age 71
Durban, South Africa
May 1932
Age 71
Durban, South Africa