Joseph Brown

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 13, 1891

Born to George and Sarah Brown at Bedfordshire, England

This photo is circa 1908

Jul 13, 1911

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Liverpool with his older sister, Florence


Jul 21, 1911

Disembarked at Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Ingersoll, Ontario


Jan 15, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Ingersoll, Ontario

Ø      Number 675195

Ø      Next of kin given as Sarah Brown, mother, of Cardington, Bedfordshire, England

o       There is a note in the file to also notify his sister, Mrs C King, at Ingersoll, Ontario in case of his death

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Apr 10, 1916

Granted leave until August 10, 1916


Jun 1, 1916

The Battalion moved to Camp Borden, near Barrie, Ontario for training.


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax, Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to West Sandling for additional training


Dec 5, 1916

The 168th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

The 39th Reserve Battalion was absorbed into the newly created 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion who had just moved into billets at Bois des Alleux after the attack on Vimy Ridge


Aug 18, 1917

On August 15th the 21st Battalion began their attack on Hill 70.  Private Brown was first reported to be missing, but was later presumed to have died on August 18th.  His body was never recovered and as a result, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr George Brown, at Cardington Village, Bedfordshire, England.

A Memorial Cross was issued to his mother, Sarah Brown, at the same address


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