Francis "Frank" Earl Brown

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 10, 1886

Born in South Marysburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario to John and Susan (nee Young) Brown


Jul 2, 1908

Married to Hazel Irene Marey in Belleville, Ontario


Feb 3, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Picton, Ontario

Ø      Number 412690

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Susan Spriggs, mother, of Aylmer, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Sailor

Ø      Previous military service given as 5 camps of instruction with the 16th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

I could find no disposition for his wife as he claimed to be single on Attestation, and upon his death, no Memorial Cross was issued for a widow.


Apr 27, 1915

Treated at the Belleville General Hospital for influenza and released the same day


Jun 7, 1915

Forfeits one day’s pay.  The offence was not recorded in the file


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the RMS Missanabie at Montreal, Quebec

On the Embarkation Roll, he is shown with the rank of Corporal


Jun 22, 1915

While on board ship, he forfeited 3 day’s pay.  The offence was not recorded in the file


Jul 4, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe.


Aug 21, 1915

Forfeits 6 day’s pay.  The offence was not recorded in the file


Aug 24, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private


Sep 17, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal


Sep 24, 1915

The 39th Battalion moved to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Nov 11, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention for misconduct and reduced in rank to Private


Nov 30, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 1, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 583 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 10, 1915

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Dec 13, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at La Clytte, France


Jan 4, 1916

While moving into the front line N & O trenches, Private Brown fell and injured his left arm.  He was treated by the Medical Officer and remained with the Battalion.


Jan 7, 1916

When the Battalion came out of the line he was admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station at Mont des Cats, Godewaersvelde, France.  X-rays revealed that he had a fractured Humerus near the elbow. 


Jan 18, 1916

Transferred to the No. 12 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station


Jan 20, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Boulogne


Feb 5, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


Feb 9, 1916

Discharged from the Convalescent Depot to the Base Details at Boulogne for light duties


Feb 16, 1916

Transferred to the CBD at Havre


Feb 29, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Mar 3, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve at Ridgewood


Jul 23, 1916

Private Brown was killed in action

Ridgewood Cemetery
Voormezeele Belgium


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 mother, Mrs Susan Spriggs, at Box 594, Aylmer West, Ontario.  The rank shown on the medals card is Acting Lance Corporal.


There is no record of a Memorial Cross being sent to a widow


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