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Monday, March 7, 2016

Private Walter Ian Brown #63070, 3rd Battalion.

Photo by Bob Richardson 2014
Born July 21, 1893 in Pekin, Illinois - son of Robert Fulton and Ann (McIntyre) Brown natives of Bridge-of Weir, Scotland, living in Ville-St-Pierre, Montreal. At time of enlistment in 1914: trade as a grocer, single, 5'10" tall, complexion dark, eyes hazel, hair brown, religion Presbyterian.

Private Brown enlisted in the 23rd Battalion November 10, 1914 in Montreal, Quebec from the 1st Grenadier Guards. He traveled with the battalion on the S.S. Missanabie to England February 23, 1915. Transferred to the 3rd Battalion May 3, 1915 in the field. Treated for knee synovitis July 4, 1915 at #3 Field Ambulance. Returned to duty July 9. Extensive dental work August 17, 1915 at #2 Field Ambulance. Returned to duty August 28.

Killed in action September 9, 1915 in the line at Ploegsteert Wood. According to the war diary for that day, no casualties were mentioned His "C" Coy was in the trenches 124 and 125 to Birchall Ave, However the month of September casualty list claims "No.63070 Pte Brown, W, killed Sept 9, buried "C" Coy at Somerset House Cemetery (in extreme north-east corner), U20  B.2.9, grave marked with an inscribed cross". (Somerset House Cemetery, was later known as Canadian Cemetery, Strand) and eventually was renamed Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery. His grave is located III.A.1

His attestation paper and service record can be viewed HERE
His page on the Veteran Affairs Canada Virtual Memorial can be found HERE

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