Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Lakenham, Norfolk
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 35th Heavy Battery
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant, 22590
Died: 21st February 1919, aged 32 years
Buried: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 2, France                (Plot II, Row E, Grave 32)


Because of the commonality of the surname, it has proven difficult to provide accurate information on Frederick and his family.

He was the ninth of 10 siblings born to Robert William and Martha Brown (nee Burgess), who were married in Great Yarmouth on 28 September 1873.

Robert was born in Norfolk in 1851 and Martha in Norwich in 1853. In fact, all of the family originated from Norfolk and, it’s fair to say, many of them probably stayed there.

It appears that Frederick married, and this is where the connection with Southampton probably arises. It has not been possible to identify his wife, although it is known that they had at least one child.

It is believed that the family lived at 5 Chandos Street in the town centre.


Hannah   b. 1874 Norwich   d. ??

Martha May   b. 1875 Norwich   d. 1944 Downham, Norfolk.

Ann Elizabeth   b. 1876 Norwich   d. ??

Ellen   b. 1877 Norwich   d. ??

Robert William b. 1880 Norwich   d. ??

Ernest   b. 1882 Norwich   d. ??

Edith   b. 1883 Norwich   d. ??

Edward   b. 1885 Norwich   d. ??

Frank Frederick

Bertie   b. 1890 Norwich d. ??


The 35th Brigade landed in France on 18 August 1914, with the 2nd Division. They were amongst the first troops to arrive on the Western Front, and spent the arly years of the war in Flanders.

They saw action in the Battle of Mons, The Marne, The Aisne, the First Battle of Ypres as well as the Winter Operations of 1914-15.

Frederick obviously led his men by example, because he was awarded the Military Cross in 1917.

The citation states “ for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.”

He took command of a party of infantry and organized the defence of a trench. Later, although wounded, he remained in command for 3 hours and materially assisted in repelling an enemy attack.

His headstone partially reads: “Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife & children.

Death provides……”


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd June 2016


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