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Helhoughton Norfolk
He was the son of George and Emma Brown and the brother of Maud, Lucy, Fred, Ruth, Edward, Robert and Matilda Brown. In 1891 and 1901 the family lived at Helhoughton Norfolk. In 1911 William was serving with 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade at The Citadel Cairo. He was the husband of Alice Mabel (née Howden) Brown. His Medal Card includes a request, dated 19/11/1920, 'for her late husband's 1914 Clasp' from Mrs Ann Brown of 17 Ebor Road Selby Yorkshire but 'Ann' is presumably a mis-transcripton. He was the father of Monica Brown who was born at Selby J/F/M/1915.
William Brown was a labourer when he joined the army before the Great War and a Nottinghamshire police constable when recalled from the Reserve.
06 Feb 1916
95867 - CWGC Website
Selby Yorkshire
3rd Bn Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
He rejoined the army from the Reserve on 4 August 1914. He was killed in action and is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery Grave Reference: 1 F 15 He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post (15/4/1916) (Courtesy of Jim Grundy): 'The deaths in action of two Nottinghamshire police officers, Walter Slater and William Brown, were marked at a meeting of the county police authority at the Shire Hall on 15th April 1916. NOTTS. POLICEMEN KILLED IN ACTION. MEETING OF THE STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE. Lord Galway presided over a meeting of the Notts. Standing Joint Committee at the Shire Hall to-day. [15th April 1916] In his quarterly report, the Chief Constable (Capt. Tomasson) stated that 404 persons were apprehended by the police, of whom eight were discharged, 392 summarily disposed of, and four committed for trial. Police-constables Walter Slater and William C. Brown, who rejoined their regiments on August. 4th, were killed in action — Slater [1] on October 24th, 1914, and Brown [2] on February 6th 1916. Regret was also expressed at the death of Sergt. Wm. H. Chapman, who, when cycling on duty at Teversal on February 16th, collided with a telegraph pole and was killed. He had served over 17 years, and the Chief Constable recommended that his widow be granted a pension of £15 a year, and his four children £2 10s. year each until they reach the age of 15. The death also took place on Feb. 27th of P.c. Enos Leivers, who had served over 27 years, and the recommendation was that his widow, Annie Leivers, be granted a gratuity of £205 6s. 3d. being one month's pay for each completed year of approved service. Constables G. P. Sissons and Walter Fielding had ceased to be members of the force, and he recommended that the ratable deductions made from their pay be returned to them from the Superannuation Fund. Sanction was asked for telephone extensions at Kimberley, Nottingham, Collingham, Retford, and Beeston. The report was adopted.' 1] L/Cpl. Walter Slater, King's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was killed in action, aged 21, on 29th October 1914. The son of James Slater, of 26 Sutton Road, Huthwaite, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate. [2] Sgt. William Charles Brown, Transport Section, 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on 6th February 1916. He is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery; husband of Alice Mabel Brown. [3] 'Nottingham Evening Post,' 15th April 1916. Above information is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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