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  • Mr Bettridge's other grandfather, Ernest Bettridge, was also killed during the Great War.
Person Details
Nottingham
Simeon was the son of Simeon Brown. His mother was probably Frances (Fanny) Jackson. His father Simeon was born in 1844 (A/M/J Nottingham) and was probably baptised on 31 March 1844 at St Barnabus Roman Catholic cathedral; parents Joseph Brown and his wife Fanny nee Maltby. There is a record of the marriage of a Simeon Brown to Eliza Willcock on 23 June 1864 at St Barnabus' cathedral. In 1871 Simeon (27) and Eliza (25) were living with his parents, Joseph and Fanny, in Talbot Yard, Nottingham. However, by 1881 Simeon (37), a drayman, was living at 34 Morgate Street, Radford. In the household was Fanny Jackson (29 b. Repton Derbyshire), whose occupation was given as housekeeper, and also her three children: John Brown Jackson (7), Fanny Brown Jackson (4) and Albert Brown Jackson (1). All four were described as lodgers. Subsequent census and birth index records suggest Simeon Brown and Frances Jackson had eight children: John Brown b. Repton abt 1874, Frances (Fanny) Brown Jackson b. 1877 (A/M/J Nottingham), Albert Brown Jackson b. 1879 (O/N/D Radford), Gertrude Brown Jackson b. 1881 (O/N/D Nottingham), Annie Brown Jackson b. 7 August 1884 (J/A/S Nottingham), George Brown Jackson b. 1886 (A/M/J Nottingham), Grace Brown Jackson birth registered 1889 (J/F/M Nottingham) and Simeon Brown Jackson b. 1892 (A/M/J Nottingham). With the exception of John and Simeon, all the birth registration records give the mother's name as 'Jackson'. By 1891 Simeon (47) a painter, was living at 2 Goodliffe Yard, Friar Gate, Nottingham. He was described as a lodger in the household of Frances Jackson (39) a hosiery hand and her seven children: John (17) an upholsterer, Fanny (13), Albert (11), Gertrude (9), Annie (6), George (4) and Grace (2); all the children had the surname Jackson. The youngest son, Simeon, was born the following year. The family was living at 2 Clifford Street, Nottingham, in 1901. Simeon (57) was a furniture painter on his own account. Fanny Jackson (49) was described as a housekeeper. Also in the home on the night of the census were five of their children: Gertrude (19) and Annie (16) who were both hosiery menders, George (14) a braiser, Grace (12) and Simeon (8); all the children had the surname Brown. Frances Jackson probably died in 1908 (buried Basford Cemetery 30 November). By 1911 Simeon (67), described as a widower and still working as a painter, was living at 1 Vincent Terrace, Hyson Green, with his two sons, George B. (25) a milk deliverer on his own account, and Simeon (18) a shop porter. Simeon snr. probably died in 1912 (J/F/M Nottingham) aged about 67. Simeon jnr. married Mary Alice Black (b. 7 May 1893) on 12 May 1913 at Nottingham St Stephen's (probably Hyson Green). They had three children: Mary Alice b. Bulwell 16 September 1913 (O/N/D Nottingham), Albert Thomas b. Nottingham 10 May 1915 (A/M/J Nottingham) and Ellen Grace b. 30 September 1916 (O/N/D Nottingham), just a month before her father's death. According to Simeon's Attestation documents they were living off Birkin Avenue (Hyson Green) when he attested in April 1916 but the address was later altered to 4 Durnford Street, Old Basford. An army memo dated April 1917 in the service documents made arrangements for Simeon's personal property to be returned to his widow at 3 Alma Terrace, John Street, New Basford. Simeon's sister, Annie, placed a notice of his death in the local paper in 1916. An 'In Memoriam' notice the following year gave her name and that of 'Tom' - Annie had married Thomas Cockayne (b. 26 December 1881) in 1909 (O/N/D Nottingham). At the time of the 1911 census they were living at 3 Ellen Terrace, Wilton Road, Nottingham, but when Annie placed the notice in the paper in 1916 their home was at 38 Sturton Street. She and Thomas, an unemployed general labourer, were still at the same address in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Annie probably died in 1957 (J/F/M Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a shop porter but changed his occupation to time keeper in a builder's yard. He was a lace maker when he enlisted in 1916.
31 Oct 1916
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Private
10th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Simeon enlisted in Nottingham and was transferred to the Army Reserve on 12 December 1915. He was mobilised on 7 April 1916 and served at home from then until 27 August 1916 (143 days) before joining the British Expeditionary Force in France on 28 August. He was posted to his battalion on 11 September 1916 and had served in France for just 65 days when he was killed in action in Larkhill Trench, near Mericourt, on 31 October 1916. He was buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 (grave ref. VI.D.11). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow Mary was his sole legatee. Mary Alice Brown was awarded a pension of 26/3d a week for herself and her three children with effect from 28 May 1917. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 27 November 1916: ‘Brown. Killed in action, October 31st, Private Simeon Brown, beloved brother of Annie Cockayne, 38, Sturton-street.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 31 October 1917: ‘Brown. Killed in action, October 31st, 1916, Private Simeon Brown, Ever remembered. Sister Annie & Tom’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Three of Annie's brothers-in-law also died in the war: Private Walter Cockayne Grenadier Guards (4 November 1914), Private Wilfred Cockayne Royal Scots Fusiliers (26 September 1915) and Private Ernest Cockayne Leicestershire Regiment (28 September 1917). See records on this ROH.
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  • Mr Bettridge's other grandfather, Ernest Bettridge, was also killed during the Great War.
    Photo courtesy of Simeon Brown's grandson, John Bettridge. - Mr Bettridge's other grandfather, Ernest Bettridge, was also killed during the Great War.
  • Simeon Brown (centre) pre-war as a time keeper in a builder's yard.
    Courtesy John Bettridge - Simeon Brown (centre) pre-war as a time keeper in a builder's yard.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Serre Road Cemetery No 2. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Simeon Brown - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Serre Road Cemetery No 2. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle