The Quero Question

The Boys on the Plaque

Who was William Quero and why does his name appear on the WW1 plaque in Fabrica? Why does a William Quero suddenly appear in Brighton, running a Ship Street hairdressing salon within sight of the former Holy Trinity Church, only to disappear just as suddenly?

Researching Mr Quero has proved to be quite a challenge and required a leap of faith to realise that ‘William’ was in fact Joseph Marie Quero, born in rue Garengeot in Vitré in the department of Ille-et- Vilaine, Brittany at 11.35am on 5 October 1879 (yes, French birth records are that detailed!). He seems to have adopted the name ‘William’ when he settled in Brighton around 1902, sometimes calling himself William Quero, sometimes William Joseph Marie Quero, reverting to his birth name around the early 1930s.

It was possible to find a sketchy outline of William’s life through websites such as Ancestry, Find My Past…

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