BROWN, Alexander Andrew

There is insufficient information to satisfactorily identify this man completely

No. A/201829, Rifleman, Alexander Andrew BROWN
Aged 18

18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in Action between 29th September and 3rd October 1918

It is more than likely he was A/201829, Rifleman Alexander Andrew BROWN of the 16th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, born in the City of London [?], enlisted in Stratford, London and "Soldiers Died" has him as resident in Ely. He died in Belgium between 29th September and 3rd October 1918 and is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, grave 14:E:2. His documentation reveals no legatee and it appears no one to receive his medals. Another case where we do need a relative to help but this does seem most unlikely.

Having found the report of the unveiling and the regiments, it does now appear that the Fordham man, A.A. BROWN was a rifleman in the K.R.R.C. Unfortunately his forenames are not given...more research this space...

Alexander Arthur BROWN was born in Wimbledon on 19th December 1900 (Kingston on Thames Q1-1901 2A:355) baptised on 25th October 1903 ( with his sister Kathleen Annie, in All Saints, South Acton when they were living at 21 Romsey Road, son of Wilfrd Raymond and Kate Louisa BROWN (née SODEN)

1901 census...Aged 3 months, he was at 7 Graham Road, Wimbledon with his father Wilfred R BROWN [22] tobacco manufacturer's clerk, born Bromyard, Hereford; his mother Kate L [21] also born Bromyard.

1911 census...Aged 10, he was at 35 Livingstone Road, Hounslow with his parents, sister Kathleen Annie [8] born Old Newton, Suffolk and brother Francis Raymond James [5] born South Acton, Middlesex

If this is indeed the man, nothing, apart from enlisting in Ely, puts him in the Fordham area, but the family does appear to have moved around regularly.

He enlisted in Stratford, London, resident in Ely (from "Soldier's Died").

The 18th Bn were in action along the Menin Road and had 42 killed in that period. The war diary has not been found yet.

Alexander was found here and re-interred in Hooge Crate Cemetery on 25th July 1919

photo: Rodney Gibson

Alexander Brown is now buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, grave 14:E:11

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details