Army of Rhine officer honoured

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: September 13th, 1919]

Lieut Walter William BrownLieut Walter William Brown MC, Royal Field Artillery, a son of Mr W. Brown, hat manufacturer, of Cardigan Street, was unusually honoured when leaving the Army of the Rhine to return to civil life. A race meeting was held in his honour, and he was presented with a handsome gold watch by the officers and men of his battery at a concert arranged in connection with the farewell proceedings.

The farewell was the subject of the following report in the Cologne Post, a Rhine newspaper established specially for the British Army.

“By kind permission of the OC, Major C. R. Rickeard, RFA, a race meeting was held on Monday at Kirchherten by 'A' Battery, 51st Brigade RFA, in honour of Lieut W. W. Brown MC, who is shortly returning to civil life. This was followed by an excellent concert.

“Lieut Brown has been with the Battery since January 1918, and has won the esteem of both officers and men, not only by reason of his excellent qualities as an officer, but also by his untiring efforts in organising sports and amusement for the Battery during the time he has been with them.

“The well merited popularity which he enjoys was amply expressed by the vociferous applause which greeted his appearance on the stage when Major C. R. Rickeard presented him, on behalf of the officers and men, with a handsome gold watch as a token of their appreciation, and in a few well chosen words assured him of the best wished of all for his future success.”