Fenton Eberson Brownell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 17, 1893

Born at Coe Hill Ontario to Jacob and Maria Brownell


Jan 5, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Coe Hill Ontario 

Ø      Number 636239

Ø      Next of kin given as Maria Brownell, mother, of Whitby Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The Battalion trained at the Barriefield Camp at Kingston Ontario


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 147 Other Ranks from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Apr 9, 1917

Killed in action during the attack on Vimy Ridge.  According to the Graves Registration Report, he was initially buried near the trenches and was exhumed and reburied in the Nine Elms Cemetery, North East of Arras

Nine Elms Military Cemetery
Thelus, France 

Coincidentally, his brother Charles H Brownell 636225 was killed the same day, most likely within yards of each other and buried in the same cemetery 

Post war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals, the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll, plus the Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs Ella Moynes (she had remarried) 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Maria Brownell, at Whitby Ontario 

The Plaque and Scroll were returned as there was an error in the inscription.  Once corrected, they were sent out again 

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