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19 Jun 1890
Syston, Leicestershire
Henry was born on 19th June 1890 at Syston Leicestershire, the only son of John Henry a hosiery manufacturer and Annie Elizabeth Brown née Clarke of “Thornleigh” Church Drive, Daybrook, Nottingham. His father John Henry was born in 1861 at Nottingham, his mother Annie Elizabeth Clarke was born in 1862 also at Nottingham, they were married C1886 and had the following children, Lilian Annie b1887, Henry Cecil b1890 and Doris Jean b1904 all were born in Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are living at Church Drive Daybrook and are shown as John Henry Brown 50 yrs a hosiery manufacturer, he is living with his wife Annie Elizabeth 49 yrs and their children, Lilian Annie 24 yrs no occupation listed, Henry Cecil 20 yrs a warehouse man and Doris Jean 7 yrs of age. Henry Cecil married his wife Olive Blanche Crosbey Johnson (born 1893) of Guadaloupe House, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on 4th February 1918 at St Pauls Church, Daybrook. Henry was employed as a farmer at Ashwell near Oakham, and had previously been in farming at Orston and Tithby, as well as in the Melton Mowbray district. He came to live and work in Arnold in 1909 and for many years worked at Messers J Clarke Hosiers on Sout Lane. At the time of Henry's death his widow Olive was living at Marlock, Orlando Drive, Carlton, Nottingham, they had a son Leslie Cecil born May 1918. She was awarded a pension of 21 shillings and 8 pence a week which commenced on 12th May 1919.
He was employed as a farmer and in the 1911 census he was a warehouse man
05 Nov 1918
499440 - CWGC Website
Dorset Regiment
Corporal Henry Cecil Brown enlisted at Oakham, Rutland on 17th April 1916 into the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 1916, with regimental number 16711, and trained at Melton Mowbray with the Corps. However the greater need for infantrymen on the Western front saw him transferred to the 6th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment, being sent to France in September 1916. He was present in many battles with his battalion and came through them all without mishap. However, he could not beat the disease of influenza from which cause he died at 18 Chicago General Hospital, Camiers, Etaples and was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France
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