Etc. -- Harry Carl Brown died of wounds, 1918
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The following is from page 7 of the 14 Dec 1916 Simcoe Reformer.

Private Harry Carl Brown, 797085, youngest son of William Brown of Brown's Corners, who left wiith the 133rd Batt., is reported dangerously ill in Tuesday's casualty lists.   

 

The following is from page 11 of the 11 Jan 1917 Simcoe Reformer.

Pte. H. C. Brown, very ill with pneumonia at La Havre in France, has been removed to a hospital in Dublin.   

 

The following is from page 11 of the 15 Mar 1917 Simcoe Reformer.

Private Harry C. Brown has been transferred to convalescent home at Epsom, Surrey, England.   

 

The following is from page 5 of the 3 May 1917 Simcoe Reformer.

Private Harry Carl Brown (photo) (797095) wounded at Vimy Ridge. Youngest son of Mr. William Brown of Brown's Corners, Charlotteville, Norfolk County. 

 

The following is from the Brown's Corners column on page 15 
of the 3 May 1917 Simcoe Reformer.

A cablegram received by W. A. Brown says his son, 
H. C. Brown, is in a hospital in France suffering from gunshot wounds in his left arm, having been wounded in the late severe fighting that has made so many Canadian homes desolate.

 

The following is from page 1 of the 4 Apr 1918 Simcoe Reformer.

Private Harry C. Brown (group photo) is one of five of Norfolk's Own in the Intelligence Section of the 14th Canadian Battalion.

 

The following is from a page 1 article in the 12 Sep 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

PRIVATE HARRY CARL BROWN

797095 Private Harry Carl Brown, 
son of Mr. William Brown of Brown's Corners
died of wounds on the 11th of August.
 
 

The following is from page 2 of the 26 Sep 1918 Simcoe Reformer.

In Memoriam

Private Harry Carl Brown, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Brown of Brown's Corners, was wounded 
in the head while taking part in the fighting in France on 9 Aug last. He was admitted to Casualty Clearing Station No. 48 on the following day, and passed peacefully away at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday 11 Aug.

The deceased soldier enlisted with Norfolk's Own on 
31 Jan 1916, going overseas with that unit in October 
of the same year. Although suffering for months from an attack of pneumonia, which developed when he 
first went to France in December, and after which 
he was sent to Ireland and to different convalescent camps in England, his one thought was to get to the front and do his bit. 

On 17 Sep 1917 he reached the fighting line, being attached to the Intelligence Section of the 14th Battalion, Royal Montreal Rifles, where he nobly "carried on."

A memorial service was held at Brown's Corners Church, which was filled to overflowing with sorrowing relatives and friends on Sunday 15 Sep at 3 p.m. [Service description not transcribed.]

He leaves to mourn the loss of a loving son and brother a sorrowing father and mother, two brothers and four sisters: 
George W. Brown of St. Thomas, 
Mrs. H. B. Sitgreaves of Niagara Falls N.Y., 
Fred A. Brown of Brown's Corners, 
Mrs. H. E. Mansfield of LaSalette N.Y., 
Mrs. Clarence Cupples of Tillsonburg, and 
Miss Kate Brown at home.
 

 

A lightly edited transcript of a page 1 article in 16 Jan 1919 issue of Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Pte. Harry Brown was a Good Soldier

Mrs, Wm. A. Brown of Brown's Corners, received the following letters of sympathy regarding the death of youngest son, Pte. Harry Carl Brown, No. 797095, from wounds received in action.

Dear Miss Brown,
It is with great sorrow that I have to write you saying that your brother Harry was badly wounded in the attack of 9 Aug. You will probably have received official notice by the time this reaches you. But I am sure you will be glad to hear from one of his section.

I am afraid that Harry was badly wounded in the head, and I am sorry to say that the doctor did not entertain any hope for his recovery. In preparing you for the bed news, I may say that Harry was a great friend of mine; in fact, he and I were chums since last December. He was well liked by the boys in the section, and we are all sorry to have lost him.

If there is anything more, please write and will be glad to help you.

Yours sincerely,
Cpl. J. J. Vining,
Intelligence Sec.
14th Can, R.M.R. Batt.
 

And from the same source...

2 Oct 1918

Dear Mrs. Brown,
I wish first of all to convey on behalf of the boys and myself our deep sympathy and regret for the loss of one so dear to us all. Harry was one of the best, and we miss him very much here quite as much as you at home.

I will try to give you as near as I can the events up to the time he was wounded on 9 Aug. 

The first day of the battle of Amiens, 8 Aug., we were together from the time we "jumped off" (at 5:30 a.m.) until we had reached our objective at 11 a.m. I never saw anyone coller or more cheerful under fire than he was that day. 

The second day he and I were detailed for special duty, having to take three messages to a forward headquarters. As we were returning from the third trip just at the edge of the wood near the small town of Caix, a shell burst close to us and Harry was hit in the head and wounded badly.

We got him to the dressing station about five minutes afterward, as it was quite near. The doctor said he thought he would be all right, but Providence has taken him from us.

Our officers were always praising him for his good work, and if there was any special work to do Harry was always picked out.

I have been unable so far to find out where he died or was buried. I will let you know as soon as I can. I was sorry that we were unable to get any of Harry's personal effects which we should have sent you.

Hoping this finds you well, I remain,

Cadet W. [Gordon Hill],
Canadian Training School,
[Bexhill-on-Sea], England


 

Also see Harry's Attestation Paper: side 1 | side 2


Harry Carl Brown

 
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