BROWN, James Oswald

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Portage la Prairie - Manitoba
Original Unit
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:         2nd Canadian Infantry Division
                                             6th Infantry Brigade
                                             28th Battalion - Winnipeg
                                             Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO:                   424264
RESIDENCE:                    Portage la Prairie – Manitoba 
DATE OF BIRTH:            April 23, 1874
                                             Kilmarnock – Ayeshire - Scotland
DATE OF DEATH:           November 12, 1917             43 years     7 months
CEMETERY:                     Exeter Community Cemetery – Exeter –
                                             County of Huron – Ontario
                                             (family plot)
WIFE:                                 Mrs. Margaret Brown - Exeter
PARENTS:                         James S. and Elizabeth Brown – Exeter – Ontario
Occupation:                        Malster/Brewer                    Religion:     Presbyterian
Enlistment:                         Portage la Prairie – Manitoba – February 10, 1915 – into 45th Battalion
Enlistment Age:                 40 years     9 months
Private Brown departed Canada and arrived in England in September 1915 and transferred to the 32nd Reserve Battalion in Shorncliffe - Kent. He further transferred to the 28th Battalion and went overseas on March 15, 1916 and joined his unit in the field on March 19, 1916.
He was then admitted to No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with pyrexia of unknown origin on July 7, 1916. Then it was to the No. 2 Divisional Rest Station and from there to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on July 11, 1916. The diagnosis is still unknown when he is admitted to No. 30 General Hospital on July 18, 1916.
He was then invalided back to England on the Hospital Ship Brighton on July 21, 1916 and then admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital based in Norwich. The following day he was transferred from the 28th Batallion and moved to a Canadian Convalescent Hospital based at Woodcote Park in Epsom on August 5, 1916. His diagnosis now is Trench Fever and he is attached to the 32nd Reserve Batallion on August 18, 1916 and then ceases to be attached with them but instead is on command to the Canadian Discharge Depot in shoreham.
His medical report states he has Chronic Rheumatism and inflammation of the inner layer of the heart. He looks weak and nervous. Physical development and general health is only fair. He has a marked pulsation in the neck. His heart is enlarged to the right and the left compensation is poor.
He is then struck of strength and departs England for Canada on October 24, 1916. He is treated as an outpatient at the London Military Convalescent Hospital and is discharged on June 30, 1917. His condition is now deemed to be permanent and his will be unable to earn a living.
James passed away in Exeter from the effects of myocardial degeneration one year to the day from the time he arrived home from overseas.
Private Brown was buried with full military honours on November 15, 1917.