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Private William Brown

5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: s / 10239

William Brown grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Jessie Brown of 43 Whifflet St, Coatbridge. Husband of Agnes McConnell Brown. Father of 2 children. William had 5 brothers also serving. Lance Corporal Alexander Brown of the 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 09/04/1917 (see index), 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 (see photos). From the 1901 Census - Address - 67 Nimmos Rows, Airdrie - 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. See photos for North Lanarkshire Poor Law Applications and Registers 1885-1915.

Born / Resided

Bankier Cottage, Longriggend / 14 Allan Place, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 25/09/1915 at Hill 70, Loos


Bowhill, Fife 05/08/1914


Miner in Rosehall Colliery



Buried / Remembered

Loos Memorial, 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 64 men from the Memorial to fall on the opening day of the Battle of Loos. Also remembered in the St Augustines Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for Williams name on the Loos Memorial. William and his brother Alexander both named on the Bowhill War Memorial (see photos, pic of names to follow). See Williams brother Lance Corporal Alexander Brown (who also fell) for more information on this patriotic family

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