Brown, Alfred
(1889-1918)

Rank Private

Service Number 122296

Service Army

Battalion 50th Battalion

Regiment Machine Gun Corps

Information

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 Half Moon Cottage, Collingham while working as a Passenger Porter for the North East Railway

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.

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