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5th (Service) Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/10239

William Brown grave

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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. William's brother-in-law Private Cree escaped from Germany and arrived home in Coatbridge in April 1917. 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. 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 are also listed.

Born / Resided

Townhead, Coatbridge / 14 Allan Place, Coatbridge.

Died

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

Enlisted

Bowhill, Fife 05/08/1914

Employed

Miner in Rosehall Colliery.

Age

30

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 had 5 brothers serving. His younger brother Lance Corporal Alexander Brown of the 5th (Service) 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. William and the Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 10/05/1915 and were part of the 26th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. The Battle of Loos, 25th September – 15th October 1915 : The first genuinely large scale British offensive action but once again only in a supporting role to a larger French attack in the Third Battle of Artois. British appeals that the ground over which they were being called upon to advance was wholly unsuitable were rejected. The battle is historically noteworthy for the first British use of poison gas. The opening day of the Battle of Loos on the 25/09/1915 : 07.00 - 5th Camerons suffered from crossfire from Mad Point (just outside Auchy on the road from Vermelles), but pushed on to Little Willie Trench – the front face of the redoubt – and Fosse Trench which they reached by 7.10am. By 7.45am they joined the Seaforths in Corons Trench. Auchy area: The attack of 9th (Scottish) Division had by mid-morning succeeded in reaching and occupying the enemy trench network around the Hohenzollern Redoubt and Fosse 8, and also Pekin Trench. The situation at noon - The 47th and 15th Divisions had captured Loos, although they had been halted and were threatened by counterattack on Hill 70. There were clear signs of German withdrawal in this area and panic in Lens. 7th Division was on the outskirts of Hulluch, and the 9th (Scottish) Division were working their way forward at the Hohenzollern Redoubt and Fosse 8. Scottish Regiments lost a huge amount of brave men at Loos. Here is a list of Infantry Battalions who lost more than 500 men at the Battle of Loos from 25/09/1915 to 16/10/1915 - 7th Cameron Highlanders 687, of which 19 Officers, 9th Black Watch 680, of which 20 Officers, 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers 650, of which 20 Officers, 10th Highland Light Infantry 648, of which 20 Officers, 7th King’s Own Scottish Borderers 631, of which 20 Officers, 8th Devons 619, of which 19 Officers, 8th Royal West Kents 580, of which 24 Officers, 8th Buffs 558, of which 24 Officers, 12th Highland Light Infantry 553, of which 23 Officers, 8th Black Watch 511, of which 19 Officers, 5th North Staffordshire 505, of which 20 Officers, 8th Seaforth Highlanders 502, of which 23 Officers. 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. William's name on the Loos Memorial donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. William is 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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