Hawley John Brown

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 22, 1898

Born at Madoc, Ontario


Dec 14, 1915

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Madoc Ontario

Ø      Number 636050

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Wellington Brown, mother, of Madoc, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Date of birth given as September 22, 1897

On the 1911 Canadian Census he is shown as Hawley John Brown, adopted son of Wellington and Margaret Brown, at Madoc Ontario.  The census also shows his birth year as 1898, not 1897, which would have made him under the required age to volunteer for active service.


May 14, 1916

Admitted to the Barriefield Military Hospital diagnosed with an abscess in his chest.

A court of inquiry was held and it was determined that his right clavicle was separated and that it was caused by “external violence”.  There is no further mention of the incident in the file.


Jul 17, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool, England and proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp at Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

He left the CBD to join the Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Bully Grenay


Apr 11, 1917

Admitted to the No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples and listed as dangerously ill with bullet wounds to a knee and chest.


Apr 16, 1917

Private Brown died of his wounds while in hospital

Etaples Military Cemetery
Etaples France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and scroll were sent to his adoptive mother, Mrs Margaret Brown, at Madoc, Ontario 

No Memorial Cross was issued 


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