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John Brown PTE JOHN G BROWN 2ND A.&.S.H.

S/19526 Private John Gardner Brown

2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

died 17th April 1918

aged 20

Tyne Cot Memorial
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of Gardner Brown and Margaret McLoughlin
Ladebank Terrace, Bridge of Weir

His Life

John Gardner Brown was born on 17th April 1898 in Haskell Street, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA, the second of seven surviving children of at least ten born to Gardner Brown, originally from Ardrossan, Ayrshire and Margaret McLoughlin, from Greenock, who had married in Boston, USA on 19th November 1891. Gardner (24) was then working as a gardener, and Margaret (24) a parlourmaid. John Brown was a first cousin of Walter Ian Brown, sharing paternal grandparents, Robert Brown and Helen Wallace Arnot who had married in Saltcoats in 1854. Both families were to follow an unusually peripatetic life for the time.

Gardner and Margaret spent the early part of their married life in Boston and Gardner later found work as a waiter. They had four children in the USA, including John, but two died in infancy. The family returned to Scotland after John was born.

In 1901 Gardner (32), Margaret (33), and three of their children Helen, John and Alick, were living in 3 Bryson Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Gardner was a shop assistant.

John Brown family In 1911, the Brown family, now nine in total, had moved to Bridge of Weir and occupied a 2-roomed house in Kilmacolm Road. Gardner was a jobbing gardener and eldest daughter Helen was a bobbin carrier at a cotton thread mill. The other children, including John G (13) were at school except for young George who was below school age.

Sometime later, the family moved to Ladebank Terrace, Bridge of Weir.

Private Brown's Medal Index Card does not record when he first joined the theatre of war but he was not awarded the 1914-15 Star. He was enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders which from November 1915 formed part of 98th Brigade in the 33rd Division.

In 1918 the Division was holding part of the front line in the Ypres Salient when the Germans launched the second wave of their Spring Offensive in Flanders, codenamed "Georgette", with the objective of capturing Ypres. This resulted in the Battle of the Lys. As part of that, the 33rd Division resisted the German Fourth Army's attack on Kemmel Ridge between 17th and 19th April. The Germans were repulsed but John Brown was killed on the first day of the battle, and his body was never recovered. He was killed on his 20th birthday.

His name is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial which commemorates nearly 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom and New Zealand who died in the Ypres Salient after 16 August 1917 and whose graves are not known.


Births/Deaths USA 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Name Age Name Age
Annie Wallace 17.8.1892-10.8.1895 Boston, USA
Helen b 12.2.1894Helen 7Helen17 Boston, USA
Robert J 5.6.1896-21.2.1897 Boston, USA
John 2John G13 USA
Alick 8 moAlexr J10 Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Francis W 9 Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Louis7 Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Robt6 Falkirk, Stirlingshire
George4 Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire


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