BROWN, Reginald George

No. 47155, Private, Reginald George BROWN
Aged 19

1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
formerly No.36143, Gloucestershire Regiment
Killed in Action on Tuesday 1st October 1918

Reginald George Brown was born in Burwell in 1899 (Newmarket Q1-1899 3B:512), son of William and Esther BROWN (née PARR).

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at Heys Lane (Hythe Lane, known locally as "Hee Lane"), Burwell with his father William BROWN [26] stableman born in Burwell and his mother Esther [24] also born in Burwell

1911 census...Aged 12, he was at North Street, Burwell with his parents, brother Horace [8] and sisters Amy [6] and Edna May [11 months), all born in Burwell.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The village of Dadizeele was in German hands for most of the Great War until reached by the 36th (Ulster) Division, and taken by the 9th (Scottish) Division, on 29 September 1918. Severe fighting followed on 1 October, at Hill 41, a little south of the village. Dadizeele New British Cemetery is in fact an extension of the communal cemetery.
The 1st and 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were involved in the action at Hill 41, together with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. 14 of the 1st battalion lost their lives on 1st October.

Reginald and 2 comrades of the Inniskillings who died with him were found here,
graves marked with crosses and identified by their discs
and were transferred to Dadizeele New British Cemetery in January 1920

photo: Rodney Gibson

Reginald Brown is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Moorslede, grave 5:B:20

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