William Mark Brake

14 April 1911–14 April 2007 (Age 96)
Queensland, Australia

The Life of William Mark

When William Mark Brake was born on 14 April 1911, in Queensland, Australia, his father, North Brake, was 25 and his mother, Fanny James, was 24. He married Alice Florence Gorman on 17 April 1937, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He died on 14 April 2007, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, at the age of 96, and was buried in Toowong Cemetery, Toowong, Queensland, Australia.

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William Mark Brake
Alice Florence Gorman
Marriage: 17 April 1937

Spouse and Children


    Alice Florence Gorman


17 April 1937
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Parents and Siblings

    North Brake





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World Events (8)


Age 3

August: Australia becomes involved in World War One as Britain is preparing to declare war on Germany.

Age 7

Australian troops sent to fight in South African War.

Age 28

Australia joins Britain in declaration of war on Germany.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a clump of bushes or by a patch of bracken. Brake ‘thicket’ and brake ‘bracken’ were homonyms in Middle English. The first is from Old English bracu; the second is by folk etymology from northern Middle English braken, -en being taken as a plural ending. After the words had fallen together, their senses also became confused.2 North German: habitational name from any of several places so named, notably the town on the Weser, or a topographic name from Middle Low German brāk ‘clearing’, ‘coppice’.

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • William Mark Brake, "BillionGraves Index"
  • Headstone image of William Mark Brake from billiongraves.com

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