Alfred Stanley Brown

Pte Brown is standing on the right

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 3, 1889

Born at Barriefield, Ontario to Alfred and Mary Jane (nee Murphy) Brown


Aug 23, 1909 Married to Martha Grace Rawley in a church in Olden Township, north of Kingston, Ontario


Feb 11, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59105 (temporary number 1242)

Ø      Next of kin given as Martha Grace Brown, wife, of 486 Barrie St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Locomotive Hoister

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Salvation Army

Ø      Assigned to the Base Unit

o       He was later noted as being in the Machine Gun Section


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport, England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent




Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne, France and proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 14, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Coryza (an inflammation of the nasal passages)


Feb 17, 1916

Discharged to duty from the Field Ambulance


Sep 15, 1916

Although not recorded in the service file, nor are there any medical reports, but it is recorded in an obituary that he was slightly wounded during the attack on the Sugar Refinery at Courcelette, on the Somme


Dec 30, 1916

Granted leave until January 9, 1917


Oct 28, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 9, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Oct 12, 1918

During the advance on the German Marcoing Line, Pte Brown was killed in action.  He was initially recorded as having been buried in the Marcoing Line, British Cemetery at Sailly, France.  This cemetery was later renamed the Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery


Above is from the Circumstances of Death file, and below is from the 21st Battalion's War Diary



Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs Martha Grace Brown, at 486 Barrie St., Kingston, Ontario.  His widow subsequently remarried and is recorded as Mrs Martha Grace Guess, 15 Rideau St., Kingston, Ontario


A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs Mary J. Brown, at 59 Markland St., Kingston, Ontario


In the article above he is noted as having the rank of Corporal, this is incorrect

Pte Brown is commemorated on the Wall of Rembrance in Kingston, Ontario

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