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Date of Birth
Date of Death
14 Apr 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Sapper Thomas Victor Brown, 524289, 222nd Field Company, Royal Artillery, was killed in action on April 14th, 1918. He was the second son of William Henry Brown, of 9 Brook Street, Luton, to lose his life on the battlefield - Pte William Henry Brown MM (Seaforth Highlanders) was killed in action in July 1917.
Sapper Brown was in trenches that were being badly shelled, and shortly before his own death he had helped a corporal who was badly wounded to get away from the area.
Before war broke out, Thomas was employed as a clerk by George Kent's Ltd. He joined up in the first month of the war and was with the East Anglian Royal Engineers in England until July 1917, when he finally got his wish of foreign service. He was first drafted to the Renfrewshires in Scotland before being drafted into the Gordon Highlanders as a Pioneer in France and finally returning to the Royal Engineers. The 24-year-old had not had home leave since being sent to France.
Thomas was born in 1894, the son of William Henry Brown and his first wife Elizabeth (nee Squires). Elizabeth died in 1898, and William remarried in 1901, his new bride being Lizzie Ann Brown.