Saturday 2 July 2011

Private John Reid Brown

Born on 15 September 1890 in Rochdale, England - husband of Emma Brown, Kingston, Ontario - had three brothers, including Harry - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer (at the Davis Tannery), married, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 2 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 80th Canadian Infantry Battalion in Barriefield, Ontario, on 23 September 1915 (number 219653) - taken on the strength of the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion in England on 18 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 or 19 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 December 1916 - invalided sick to England on 8 December 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 30 May 1918 - killed in action on 27 September 1918 - buried in Quarry Wood Cemetery (grave III.A.14), France.

(Revised through the addition of information from the Peter Gower book noted below).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Peter Gower (comp.), Kingston Volunteers: The Thing To Do (Kingston: n.p., 2008), p.27)

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