BROWN, Arthur Samuel

No.24877, Private, Arthur BROWN
Aged 24

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action presumed on Wednesday, 16th August 1916

Arthur Samuel Brown was born in 1894 (Mildenhall Q3-1894 4A:750) son of Clarke and Clara Ann BROWN (née MORLEY).

1901 census...Aged 6, he was at Main Street, West Row with his father Clarke BROWN [32] horse keeper; his mother Clara A [30]; sisters Lilian C [8] and Ethel E [4]. They were all born in Mildenhall.

1911 census...Aged 16 a farm labourer, he was at Park Farm, West Row with his parents (father now farm foreman) and sisters Clara and Ethel.

George enlisted in Mildenhall . His Army service records have not been found.
The 2nd Suffolks, on August 16th 1916, were ordered to carry out an attack in co-operation with the French, with an unusual zero hour time of 17:30. A heavy bombardment preceded the battalion's move forward to objectives that were difficult to recognise. On the right there was success, 250 yards of Cochrane Alley and a party of men from the German 124th regiment being captured. On the left however they were brought to a standstill by heavy machine gun fire and at night the battalion withdrew to its original line.

According to CWGC figures, this raid cost the 2nd Suffolks 38 men killed, only seven having identified graves.

He fell with Benjamin Bullman of Kenny Hill... see here

The Bury Free Press of 17th February 1917 reported:-

Some time ago Mrs Clarke Brown of The Green, West Row, Mildenhall received official information that her son Prvt Arthur Brown, of the 2nd Suffolks had been wounded on Aug.16th. She has since received a further communication now stating that her son is reported as wounded and missing....

Arthur was found as shown below and re-interred in Guillemont Road cemetery

Arthur Brown was found here


Arthur Brown is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery grave 13:L:2
also commemorated on the West Row memorial

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