The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal A Brown


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Lance Corporal Alfred BROWN,  L/9802, 2nd Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died, Prisoner of War, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 6th October 1916, age 19.

Born Ashford, Kent, son of Robert and Julia Brown, of 21, Norwood Cottages, Ashford, Kent.


1911 Census - 58 Hempsted Street, Ashford, Kent - Robert Brown, father, age 48, married, dealer in wood, own account, born Ashford, Kent; Julia Brown, mother, age 46, married 27 years, 9 children, 5 still alive, 4 died, dealer in wood, born Haslens; Walter Brown son, age 26, single, unemployed, born Ashford. Kent; Alfred Brown, son, age 17, single, unemployed, born Ashford. Kent; Robert Brown, son, age 8, school, born Ashford, Kent.


Enlisted  Ashford, Kent, age 18, height 5ft 7¼ inches, 131lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair, several scars back of 1st finger left hand & deformed nail. Formerly general labourer.

Home 6th February 1912 to 20th October 1913; Indian Expeditionary Force, 21st October 1913 to 31st January 1915; MEF Force "D", 1st February 1915 to 6th October 1916.

6th February 1912, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th June 1912, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th June 1912, awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 22nd July 1912, Dublin, laughing on Parade, 3 days confined to Barracks; 16th August 1912, Dublin, urinating out of Barrack Room window about 9.40pm, 10 days confined to Barracks; 7th September 1912, Dublin, improper conduct towards Corporal Shaw, striking an NCO, 168 hours detention; 21st December 1912, Class of Instruction on Transport Duties; April 1913, Dublin, Syphilis case sheet; 28th April 1913, Dublin, drunk in Barracks about 9.35pm, admonished; 22nd October 1913, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th August 1914, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 30th January 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 24th August 1916, Mentioned in Dispatches.

29th April 1916, reported Prisoner of War, captured at Kut. 6th October 1916, unofficially reported died while interred Taraus and buried in the Protestant Cemetery there. Details furnished by American Consul at Messina. 26th April 1917, postcard received from Private J Dungate, 9757, 2nd Bn RWK, Prisoner of War at Angora in which he states L/C Alfred  Brown, 9802 is dead.

6th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Robert Brown,  21, Norwood Cottages, Ashford, Kent; Mother, Julia Brown,  21, Norwood Cottages, Ashford, Kent; Brothers - Walter Brown, age 38,  21, Norwood Cottages, Ashford, Kent; Jack Brown, age 31,  21, Norwood Cottages, Ashford, Kent; Robert Brown, age 16?,  21, Norwood Cottages, Ashford, Kent; Sister - ???? Pilcher?, age 28, No.5. ????? Square, Margate, Kent.

Buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, XXI. P. 12. , Iraq.


London Gazette 19th October 1916.

War Office, 19th October, 1916.

The Government of India has received from Lieutenant-General Sir Percy Lake the following list of names of officers and others recommended by Major General Townshend for distinguished service during the defence of Kut-al-Amarah, 3rd December 1915 to 29th April 1916:

Royal West Kent Regiment. - Brown, No. 9802 Lance.-Corpl. A.


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