9 July 1916 : Harold Masters Brown MC

Born Slinfold, 31 July 1888

Parents William, Head Master of Slinfold Church of England School, Co.Essex and Kezia Harriet (née Evans). 

Educated, Horsham Grammar School, and King’s College, London (B.Sc. Degree with Honours); Science Master at the King’s School, Canterbury. Volunteered and enlisted in the Coldstream Guards 11 September 1914. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Royal Berkshire Regiment 10 March 1915.

Went to France and was severely wounded in action on 2 july at Ovilliers, La Boiselle. He died at the Duchess of Westminster’s Hospital, Touquet, France, 9 July, 1916.

His Colonel wrote: “He was a most popular and gallant officer, and led his company across to the enemy’s lines splendidly,” and his Caption: “He was a magnificent officer, and made his platoon the most efficient in the battalion.” One of his brother officers wrote : “He had earned quite a reputation by having trained the platoon that won the competition for general efficiency and smartness, open to the whole Brigade.” His two elder brothers were serving at the time of his death as Captains in the R.A.M.C. and his yr. One, a Corporal, in the Coldstream Guards, was wounded on three occasions.

2nd. Lieut. Harold Masters Brown MC

9 July 1916


Source: Du Ruvigny’s