Frederick A Brown (Ha. 1906-07)


Second Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers
Born: December 9th 1890
Died: November 13th 1916

Age at Death: 25

Killed in action, Battle of Ancre, France, November 13th 1916.

Grave Reference: He is buried in the Ancre Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, reference III A 1.
Son of E.A. Brown of Brighton.
Headstone engraving: AT DUTY'S CALL HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ENGLAND

A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by Richard Tidmarsh (Al. 1965-69):

"We honour your sacrifice and we will never forget."

Obituary Brightonian XV April, 1917
Brown entered Hampden House in May, 1906, and left in April, 1907. He met his death when leading his men against a strong German position at the Battle of Ancre, which was part of the Battle of the Somme. The following is an extract from a brother officer to his father. "On the morning of the 13th inst., the Battalion with many others, attacked the German position which was strongly held with machine guns. These caused many casualties to our men, and unfortunately your brave son was hit while leading his platoon just before reaching the enemy's line. he was afterwards buried near where he fell with other officers."

2nd Lieutenant Frederick Arthur Brown
Frederick Brown was born on the 9th December 1890 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. He was the elder son of Edward Brown, a Coal Merchant, and his wife Alice.  He only spent one year at the College and afterwards completed his education at the Municipal Technical College, Brighton where he studied mathematics and engineering. It appears that he then worked as an electrical engineer until war broke out in 1914. On the outbreak of war Brown underwent officer training and then received a commission in the Royal Fusiliers. It was with the 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers that he lost his life on the 13th November 1916 during the battle of Ancre, which was the closing phase of the Somme Campaign. Brown is buried in the Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15

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