David Brown

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 15541
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 22
  • Date of Death: 24.05.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: III.P.5.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 46 Lilybank Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation: Tenter, Gilroy & Sons, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Johanna Campbell Brown, 46 Lilybank Rd, Dundee

  • Father:

    Robert Brown, 46 Lilybank Rd, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about David Brown


On this day: 15541 Pte. David Brown, 1st Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action in France. He is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France, III. P. 5.

WELL-KNOWN DUNDEE FOOTBALLER IS KILLED IN ACTION. Mr and Mrs Robert Brown, 46 Lilybank Road, have received intimation of the death of their son, Private David Brown, of the Cameron Highlanders.
In a letter the Rev. J. J. M. Cowper, the chaplain, states that Private Brown was killed in action in front of the trenches on the night of 24th May. The chaplain said: – “It is very sad for you to lose a promising and heroic son. I send you my deepest sympathy. I hope you will be proud of having a son who came out at his country’s call, and has served it well and has given his life in the great cause and in the strife for his country’s liberty, and for righteousness and truth.
“I am glad to say his body was brought in by his comrades yesterday evening. We buried him with all honour in the presence of his friends and comrades. The place of his grave has been recorded, and a cross with his name on it has been placed over it by his regiment.”
A letter has also been received from Company-Quartermaster-Sergeant Stewart R. Cooper containing the news of Private Brown’s death. He says: – “Private Brown was a nice fellow and a good soldier.”
Private Brown recently celebrated his 22d birthday in the trenches. He enlisted in the 3d Camerons on the 16th November, and was afterwards transferred to the 1st Battalion. He was a well-known Dundee footballer, having completed two seasons with the Arnot Club as a left back. Prior to enlistment Private Brown was a tenter in the employment of Gilroy, Sons, & Co., Ltd., and his father, Mr Robert Brown, is a flourmiller. The Courier, Thursday, 3 June 1915, 5.

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