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  cap badgePrivate William Brown

5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/10239

William Brown grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Jessie K Brown of 43 Whifflet St, Coatbridge. Husband of Agnes McConnell Brown (22/11/1893- ) and father of 2 children, William Brown born 22/09/1912 and Agnes Ashwood Brown born 12/02/1915. William had 5 brothers serving. His younger brother Lance Corporal Alexander Brown of the 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 09/04/1917, Robert (RGA), Charles (RGA), Daniel (RFA) and Richard of the RAMC who was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for distinguished conduct on the battlefield while acting as a stretcher bearer. William's brother-in-law Private Cree escaped from Germany and arrived home in Coatbridge in April 1917. From the 1901 Census - Address - 67 Nimmos Rows, Holytown - William Brown aged 57, Jessie Brown aged 43, Richard Brown aged 19, Alice Brown aged 17, William Brown aged 16, James Brown aged 14, Isabella Brown aged 12, Robert Brown aged 10, Charles Brown aged 7, Alexander Brown aged 4, Daniel Brown aged 2 and Henry Brown aged 1 month. William's Pension was awarded to his wife Agnes on the 12/06/1916. Their children also listed.

Born / Resided

Townhead, Coatbridge / 14 Allan Place, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action 25/09/1915 on the opening day of the Battle of Loos at Hill 70.


Bowhill, Fife 05/08/1914


Miner in Rosehall Colliery.



Buried / Remembered

Loos Memorial (Panel 119 to 124), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

Additional Information

William was posted missing at Loos. His death was confirmed in January 1916. He was 1 of 87 men from the Coatbridge Memorial who fell during and from injuries from the Battle of Loos. See Directory for William's younger brother Alexander's page. Added information from the 1891 Census - Address - 22 Loganlea Rows, West Calder - William Brown aged 47, Jessie Brown aged 32, Richard Brown aged 9, Alison Brown aged 7, William Brown aged 6, James Brown aged 4, Isabella Brown aged 2, Robert Brown aged 3 months, boarders William Nisbet aged 25, Robert Marshall aged 31. William's name on the Loos Memorial donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. Also remembered in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. William and his brother Alexander both named on the Bowhill War Memorial (see photos, pic of names to follow). See William's brother Lance Corporal Alexander Brown (who also fell) for more information through Newspaper clippings on this patriotic family including information on his brother Richard and his brother-in-law Private Cree. See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Loos Memorial Panel List, for North Lanarkshire Poor Law Applications and Registers 1885-1915. his name on the Loos Memorial, the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge and William's Pension Records x 2.

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