Tuesday 5 February 2013

Private William Brown

Born on 3 April 1894 in Lancaster, Ontario - husband of Annie Johnson Brown, Cornwall, Ontario - son of Charles and Martha Brown, Summerstown Station, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: present address in Cornwall, Ontario, trade as farmer, married, currently a member of the 59th Regiment Canal Patrol, no previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 7.25 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, gray eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 154th Canadian Infantry Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario, on 16 December 1915 (number 633055) - taken on the strength of the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion in France on 24 May 1917 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Brown's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Does the picture of William's name mean he doesn't have a proper burial spot with a tomestone?

-Chelsea Brown