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Sherwood, Nottingham
He was the son of William and Emily Brown and the brother of Gertrude, Nellie, Edith, Harold, Hilda, Andrew Aeiken and Florrie (there was another sibling who died but is not listed on any of the census). William senior was the son of a regular soldier, William Brown of the 17th Regiment of Foot (b. Bengal, India), and had been born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, although by 1881 his father had been discharged from the army and the family was living in Boston, Lincolnshire. His mother was widowed by the time of the 1891 census, and had moved with her children to Nottingham where they lived at 5 Haydn Road. In 1901 William (36) was still living at 5 Haydn Road but his mother had moved to Highfield Grove in Sherwood where she lived with one of her six sons, Joseph. William now had his own family comprising his wife, Emily (32), and five children. Four of their children, Gertrude (8), Nellie (7), William (5) and Harold (6 months), were in the house at the time of the 1901 census but there was a third daughter, Edith, who would have been about 3 years old (see 1911 census). He and Emily were still living in the same house at the time of the 1911 census. They had been married for 19 years and had had nine children of whom only eight were still living. All eight children, Gertrude, Nellie, William, Edith (13), Harold, Hilda (9), Andrew Aeiken (8) and Florrie (6), were at home on the night of the census. At the time of William's death in 1916 the family was living at 17A Marshall Street, Sherwood, Nottingham, and this is the address given on the CWGC record which would have been compiled some years later. William's uncle, Sergeant Major Andrew Aeikan Brown, Royal Horse Artillery, his father's brother, who lived with the family at Marshall Street, also died in the war (15 July 1915).
In 1911 William, aged 15, was in the motor trade.
08 Jul 1916
261520 - CWGC Website
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He was killed by a sniper and is buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery Grave Reference: 3.J.21)
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 14 July 1916. 'Brown. Killed by sniper July 8th 1916, Sapper (sic) WH Brown, Sherwood Foresters, son of Mr and Mrs W Brown, 17a Marshall Street, Sherwood. Mother, father, brothers, sisters.' Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 15 July 1916. 'Brown, killed by a sniper July 8th 1916, Sapper WH Brown Sherwood Foresters, age 21. Sergeant Major AA Brown, RHA, uncle of above, died at Rouen July 14th (sic) 1915.' CWGC ref. 514091. 6410 Sergeant Major AA Brown, Royal Horse Artillery 'G' Ammunition Col. died 15 July 1915 and buried in St Sever Cemetery Rouen. According to a military record he died of self-inflicted wounds. Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 3 August 1916: ‘Sergeant Major AA Brown, 17a Marshall Street, Sherwood, died of wounds 14 July (sic) [1915] age 40. WH Brown, Sherwood Foresters, same address, killed July 8th age 21.’ Research Rachel Farrand
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