Alexander Henry Brown

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent)
Battalion: 6th
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant
Died: 9th August 1918, aged 22 years
Buried: Ville-sur-Ancre Communal Cemetery Extension, France (B.18)

 

Alexander was the eldest of 5 siblings born to Alexander Andrew and Agnes Eliza Brown (nee Lashmore), who married in Southampton in 1895.

Alexander Andrew was born in Edinburgh in 1864 and he died in Southampton in 1937.

Agnes was born in Southampton in 1866 and passed away in the city in 1959.

The family lived at 63 Denzil Avenue, Bevois Valley.

 

Siblings

Alexander Henry

 Dorothy Janet   b. 1898 Southampton   d. ??

Leslie Lashmore   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1990 Chichester

Dudley Roy   b. 1906 Southampton   d. 1983 Southampton   Married Marion A. Petty in Southampton in 1935.

Mary Lilian   b. 1909 Southampton   d. ??

 

The 6th Battalion Royal West Kent formed at Maidstone on 14 August 1914, as part of the K1, and came under the command of the 37th Brigade in the 12th (Eastern) Division.

They moved initially to Colchester, and then on to Purfleet in September 1914, before going to billets in Hythe…..this is presumably when Alexander enlisted.

The Battalion moved to Aldershot in February 1915, and landed at Boulogne on 1 June.

They fought all over the Western Front, including suffering heavy losses during the Battle of Cambrai in 1917.

In March 1918, the battalion was in action at the Battle of Bapaume and spent the spring engaged in heavy fighting, as the enemy advanced across the old Somme battlefields.

In July they were involved in the Battle of Amiens, engaged in heavy fighting from the 22nd, pushing the enemy back and capturing Meaulte, Mametz, Carnoy, Hardecourt and Faviene Wood with in a week.

It was probably during these actions that Alexander was mortally wounded.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2 June 2016
Updated:

 

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