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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
following is from a page 1 article in the 12 Sep 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
HARRY CARL BROWN
797095 Private Harry Carl
son of Mr. William Brown of Brown's Corners
died of wounds on the 11th of August.
following is from page 2 of the 26 Sep 1918 Simcoe Reformer.
Private Harry Carl Brown,
youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Brown of Brown's Corners, was
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
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
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
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.
lightly edited transcript of a page 1 article in 16 Jan 1919 issue
of Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
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
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.
Cpl. J. J. Vining,
14th Can, R.M.R. Batt.
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
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,
Canadian Training School,
see Harry's Attestation Paper: side
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Harry Carl Brown