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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Edwin Brown

Died 13th August 1915, aged 27
Hooge, Belgium

George was one of five children. He was born in Quorn in 1887, the son of John Brown, a bricklayer’s labourer and his wife Mary Jane. The 1891 census finds the family living on Freehold Street, but by 1901 they had moved to 22 Barrow Road, where they would remain.

When George left school he became an elastic hand at Wrights factory in the village, but then like many young men, in 1910 he enlisted and became a regular soldier. He joined the Lincolnshire Regiment and his papers show that he was of small build; 5 feet 6 ˝ inches tall, weighing less than 8 ˝ stones and with a 32 ˝ inch chest. He had dark brown eyes.

In Quorn Parish Magazine for February 1915, it was reported that George was in hospital with frostbite. His records show that he was ‘home’ from the end of January 1915 to April 1915.

On 23rd April 1915 George said goodbye to his family on Barrow Road once more, and left for his second tour of duty in France and Flanders. He was killed in action near Ypres on 13th August 1915 and now rests in Potijze Chateau Lawn Cemetery in Belgium.

Family connections
George was a first cousin to Walter Brewin, another Quorn soldier who died, and this is just one case out of dozens where research for the WW1 Roll of Honour revealed many forgotten or previously unknown relationships between the men who died. This means that many families in Quorn were often affected by more than one death.

1) A newspaper photograph of George Brown.
2) A modern photograph of his home, 22 Barrow Road
3) George’s gravestone in Belgium. Click 'Enlarge' (below the image) to increase legibility.

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Please email us at: team2021@quornmuseum.com
 Submitted on: 2020-01-13
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2328
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