Private Gerald W. Brown M.M., M.I.D.

Private Gerald W. Brown served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal. He was also Mentionned in dispatches so he was wearing oak leaves pin on the ribbon of his Victory Medal.

1891 United Kingdom census : He was born on December 26th 1889 and listed as living at 61 South Cottage in Bolney, Sussex, England

Father : William James (30) Mother : Edith M. (29)    

Brother : Arthur P (4)      Sister : Edith (7m.)

1901 United Kingdom census : Listed as living 9 South Cottage in Bolney, Sussex, England

Another brother : Eric (3)

Unfortunatly Private Brown WW1 service is not available, probably destroyed by German bombs during WW2 so I wasn’t able to find much information on him. Private Brown had a most interesting military career with some hardship, showing above and beyond duty bravery on at least two occasions and then was taken as a prisonner of war.

May 30th, 1915 : Proceeded to France. He was with the 36 th Field Ambulance – 12 th Division

October 13th : He was Mentioned in dispatches (most probably at the Battle of Loos)

Private Brown Mentioned in Dispatches certificate

November 30th : Announced in the London Gazette

From the war diary of the 36th British Field Ambulance

April 3th 1917 : Acting-Corporal Brown with 11 men were sent to Ink Street – Italy street dugout on under the command of Captain Davie (6 days before the attack began). This is the only reference that could link some of his actions that would have given him his Military Medals.

April 9th : First day of the battle of Arras (Vimy)

April 15th : Recommended for the Military Medal in the war diary (London Gazette June 18th)

Promoted Acting-Corporal

He was taken prisoner between April 1917 and November 1918. Most probably this happenned during the spring offensive of 1918 when German launched massive attacks against the Allied lines and many soldiers were taken prisonner.

November 1st, 1918 : Arrived in Boston, United Kingdom on Hospital train. He was part of convoy of prisoner of war convoy. He was presented with a Welcome card. There are two possible reasons why he was released and sent back to England, medical personnel could not be held prisonner according to the Geneva Convention or Germany though the end was near and they could not win the war and prefered sending their prisonner home

Private Gerald Brown Prisonner of War return home letter from the King

June 10th, 1919 : He probably officially received his Military Medal on that date. His address was South Cottage, Wykehurst Bolney, Haywards Heath

May 1926 : Served as a Special Constable in the General strike probably with County of Sussex Special Constabulary. The address on his certificate was in Sussex County.

1937 : Was part of an ex-Servicemen gathering for the Coronation

1972 : Died in the last semester of the year

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

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