This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1.
Brown, Alfred
(1889-1918)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Private

Service Number 122296

Service Army

Battalion 50th Battalion

Regiment Machine Gun Corps

Died: 6th September 1918

Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany

Biography

Family background

Alfred Brown as born on the 26th September 1889 in Linton the fourth of six children of Ernest and Emily Brown. By the date of the 1911 census Alfred was boarding at 68 Dent Street, Pontefract Lane Leeds and later at Half Moon Cottage, Collingham while working as a Passenger Porter for the North East Railway.

Service record

Alfred enlisted in Leeds into the West Yorkshire Regiment, but transferred at some later stage into the 50th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps.

In May 1918, the 50th Battalion Machine Gun Corps took over a section of the front line previously occupied by the French and were ordered to mount an attack. During the fighting, on 27th May 1918, Private Alfred Brown was taken prisoner near Craonne (France). He was probably wounded during this time as the first report of him being captured was from a German Field Ambulance. He was later moved to a Prisoner of War Camp near Darmstadt in Germany and on the 6th September 1918 he died as a Prisoner of War. He was initially buried in Darmstadt Forest Cemetery, but later British War Graves in Germany were concentrated into a smaller number of military cemeteries and Alfred Brown is now buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery near Cassel, Germany.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 26937
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Burial Reports
International Committee of the Red Cross Prisoner of War Records.

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