Our historical researcher, Pat Franklin, led a small group of members of the local Labour Party to visit one of the significant graves in the cemetery.
Born and educated in Yorkshire, Eldred Hallas moved to in 1906 where he became leader of the Birmingham Municipal Employees Union. In 1911 he was elected as an independent to the Birmingham Town Council for and ward. During World War I, he became associated with the which later became the (NDP).
In the, Hallas was elected with the for the NDP in the new constituency. However, he soon became disillusioned with the Government and joined the in October 1919, becoming Birmingham’s first Labour MP. He stood down from the at the , and unsuccessfully fought the ward for Birmingham City Council in the 1923 elections as a Labour candidate. He died in a nursing home in 1926, and was commemorated by a plaque in the branch of the .
Our thanks got to Pat for all the time taken to put this amazing information together.
We hope our web site followers enjoy reading about some of the interesting people buried in Brandwood End. Slowly but surely we are creating an archive of information. All our research is done by volunteers in their own time, but if you have details of anyone buried in Brandwood End that you may think may be of interest to the general public, then please contact us.