| Major Charles Bryant |
|Died|| October or November 1918|
Vittorio, Kingdom of Italy
|Family|| Horace Bryant (father)|
Daphne Bryant (mother)
Charlie Parks (son)
- Mrs Hughes: "If you'd only see the child. He's a lovely wee chap."
- Major Bryant: "Mrs Hughes, the last thing I would wish to be is rude, but in this case I really must be left to my own devices. Now, I'll say good-bye. It's time I was making tracks."
- — Mrs Hughes urges Major Bryant to go and see his son.[src]
Major Charles Bryant (d. 1918) was a man who fought for the British Army during the Great War.
He was injured sometime during the late stages of the war, sometime in 1917 or 1918, and was sent to Downton Abbey to recover, as the house was being used as a convalescent home for officers. Once there, Major Bryant started flirting with one of the maids, Ethel Parks, who, wanting more than she had at present, began an affair with the Major. The Major got involved with Ethel, promising to take her with him to York. Mrs. Hughes, however, caught the pair of them in bed, dismissing Ethel who, unbeknownst to anyone, had become pregnant with the Major's son.
Ethel went to live in an empty cottage, with their baby, fed from the kitchens at Downton Abbey with Mrs. Hughes's assistance. Major Bryant repeatedly ignored Ethel pleads to come and see, at least Charlie, their baby son, and left Downton to the war front, once again. He was sent to the Italian Front, where he was killed, mere weeks away from the armistice, during the Battle of Vittorio Veneto between 24 October and 3 November, 1918.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The role of Major Bryant was played by Daniel Pirrie.