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BROWN, Samuel Henry

NAME:                                BROWN                       Samuel Henry   
RANK:                                Private
DIVISIONAL UNIT:        2nd Canadian Infantry Division
                                             4th Infantry Brigade
                                             4th Machine Gun Company
                                             Canadian Machine Gun Corps
SERVICE NO:                   654009
RESIDENCE:                    Clinton – Ontario 
DATE OF BIRTH:            March 1, 1891
                                             Clinton - Goderich Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH:           August 20, 1917                   26 years     5 months
CEMETERY:                     Etaples Military Cemetery – Etaples –
                                             Pas de Calais – France
                                             XXII     R     16A
PARENTS:                         Mr. John and Mary Ann Brown – Clinton - Ontario                     
Occupation:                        Labourer                               Religion:     Baptist / Congregational
Enlistment:                         Clinton – December 6, 1915 – 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age:                  24 years     9 months

Private Brown and the 161st departed Halifax on November 1st and arrived in England on November 11, 1916.
Private Brown on January 11, 1917 while at Witley Camp – Surrey, transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps based in Crowborough – Sussex. He then joined the 4th Machine Gun Company in the field on April 2, 1917. 
At 12:35 pm the enemy began to shell and shortly the enemy fire was coming in on Chicory Trench and this was followed by a more intense barrage at 3 pm which fell between Combat and Chicory Trenches along to Conductor and Chicory trenches. This appeared to be a practice artillery shoot by the enemy. 
At 3:15 pm the Brigade artillery bombarded the enemy positions in Aloof, Cotton and Colza trenches. The Brigade machine guns also took part in this shoot. At 3:30 pm the enemy replied with his own artillery bombardment into the Brigade positions.
At 5 pm the 4th Machine Gun Company asked to be relieved as they had been in the front-line position for a week and at the same time 4th Brigade is notified that they will be conducting an operation down Combat, Conductor and Nabob Alley trenches. At 5:45 pm the enemy began shelling the front with very large calibre shells that were thought to be coming from enemy guns on rail cars. At 7:45 pm the enemy is shelling the front from concealed positions behind a railway embankment and this is followed by another enemy bombardment at 8:15 pm that was gas shells.
Sections 2 & 3 of the 4th Machine –gun Company then moved into support positions at Maroc.
Private Brown suffered severe gunshot wounds to his face on August 16th and was taken to No. 6 Casualty Clearing  Station - Bruay. He was then moved to No. 7 Canadian General Hospital located at Etaples. He had earlier been reported very ill. 
On August 20, 1917, Private Brown succumbed to his wounds.

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Clinton, Ontario
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Date of Death
Age at Death
26 years 5 months