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Walter Edward BROWN

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Surname: BROWN

Forename(s): Walter Edward

Place of Birth: Giggleswick, Yorkshire

Service No: 15481

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: York and Lancaster Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 8th Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1916-06-20

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. E. 23.


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Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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Walter Edward Brown was the son of Frederick William and Mary Brown, née Raven. Frederick was born at Austwick, Yorkshire and Mary at Keswick, Cumberland.

1891 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Green - Walter Edward Brown, aged 1 year, born Giggleswick, Yorkshire, son of Fredick [sic] Wm. and Mary Brown.

1901 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Belle Hill - Walter E. Brown, aged 11 years, born Giggleswick, son of Frederick W. and Mary Brown.

1911 Chapeltown, Sheffield, Yorkshire Census: 38, Smith Street - Walter Edward Brown, aged 21 years, born Giggleswick,Yorkshire, son of Frederick William and Mary Brown.

The British Army Service Record for Walter Edward Brown exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Sjt Walter E. Brown, 15481, 9/York & Lanc. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 10.9.15. K. in A. 26[sic].6.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sgt Walter Edward Brown, 15481, 9th York & Lanc. R. Killed in Action 20.6.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Sergt Walter Edward Brown, 15481, 9th Bn York & Lancs. Date and Place of Death: 20.6.16. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Fredk. W. £8 15s. 4d. War Gratuity: Mother Sole Legatee - Mary. £11 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Walter. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Mary Brown. Relationship: Mother. Address: 38, Smith Street, Chapeltown, Nr Sheffield.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: York and Lancaster Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: York and Lancaster Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

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Surname: BROWN

Forename(s): Walter Edward

Born: Giggleswick, Skipton


Enlisted: Birdwell, Yorks

Number: 15481

Rank: Sergt

Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment

Battalion: 9th (Service) Battalion


Died Date: 20/06/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BROWN

Forename(s): Walter Edward

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 15481

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 27


Died Date: 20/06/1916

Additional Information: Son of Fred. William and Mary Brown, of 38, Smith St., Chapeltown, Sheffield. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


BROWN Frederick William of 38 Smith-street Chapeltown near Sheffield died 9 March 1929 Probate London 24 April to Albert Watson Brown railway clerk and Wilfred Brown Whaley wages clerk. Effects £701 19s. 5d.

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14 July 1916


News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brown, of 38 Smith Street, Chapletown, and late of Church Street, Giggleswick, that their youngest son, Sergeant Walter E. Brown, of the 9th York and Lancaster Regiment, Machine Gun Corps, has been killed in action. The greatest sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents and relatives. Prior to the war, Sergeant Brown was a member of the Birdwell Territorials. He afterwards joined the York and Lancaster Regiment, and was raised to corporal and subsequently to sergeant. He was a splendid athlete and gained many prizes as instructor to the members of the Young Men's Gymnasium attached to the local Wesleyan Institute. A young man of high moral character, Sergt. Brown had a great influence for good, especially for the young people in the town. On the occasion of his last furlough, in January, he took his class in the Sunday school, and as teacher and Guild member he was always ready and anxious to assist in any organisation for good. From particulars received it appears that Sergt. Brown was shot in the head by one of the enemy's machine guns, and did not regain consciousness. His burial at the Front was attended by many Chapletown lads with the regiment, and from letters received from his companions it is evident they feel very acutely the loss of their colleague.

An impressive memorial service was held for Sergt. Brown in the Mount Pleasant Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning. His favourite hymns, 'Peace, perfect peace', and 'God be with us till we meet again' were sung with feeling, and the Dead March in 'Saul' was rendered by the organist, Mr. J. Sheldon Hague. Rev. H. Windross, in his address, made touching allusion to the deceased, and took as his text Psalm 19, verse 3, 'There is neither speech nor language, but their voices are heard among them'. The Rev. gentleman paid a high tribute to the memory of one who had so nobly played his part.

22 June 1917

In honoured and loving memory of Brigade Sergt. W.E. Brown, third son of F.W. and M. Brown, 38, Smith Street, Chapeltown, who was killed in action on June 21st, 1916, at Ovilliers-la-Boiselle.

He sleeps beside his comrades
In hallowed graves unknown,
But his name is written in letters of gold
On the hearts he left at home.

Also Charles Joseph (Charlie), youngest son of the above-named F.W. and M. Brown, who died Jan. 15th, 1915, in his 20th year.

Oft-times in fancy his footsteps we hear
And his sweet face do we see.

Also of Elsie May, third daughter of the above, who died Feb. 13th, 1909, in her 10th year.

Time cannot dim the memory of those we loved.

38, Smith Street, Chapeltown, Sheffield.

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    One Response to Walter Edward BROWN

    1. T o brien June 11, 2023 at 6:37 pm #

      His medals cherished with honour.

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