Russell Brown

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 19, 1895

Born at Wakefield, Quebec


Nov 3, 1917

Medical examination performed under the Military Service Act (MSA) of 1917 at Hull, Quebec.  He was declared fit for service


Feb 18, 1918

Conscripted into the 2nd Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment (EOR) at Ottawa, Ontario under the MSA

Ø      Number 3320631

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs J.H. Brown, mother, of Wakefield, Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Millwright

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Mar 24, 1918

Embarked the HMT Grampian at Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the 2nd Draft from the EOR


Apr 3, 1918

Disembarked at Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival there the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for training


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples, France as part of a draft of 262 reinforcements from England.  On arrival Private Brown was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St. Vaast along with 1 other soldier destined for the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1918

Joined the rear details of the 21st Battalion at Achicourt, France, south of Arras, as the main body of the Battalion was in the front lines.  He would have joined the main part of the Battalion 2 days later at Van Quentin when they came out of the line.


Oct 11, 1918

After little more than a month and a half with the Battalion, Private Brown was killed during the advance on the Marcoing Line at Avesnes le Sec.  Below is from the 21st Battalion's war diary

Niagara Cemetery
Iwuy, France


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Margaret Brown, at Box 55, Wakefield, Quebec

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father at the same address

 Russell Brown is remembered on the war memorial in Wakefield, Quebec

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