Henry George Brown

Name

Henry George Brown

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

01/07/1916
29

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
20097
Bedfordshire Regiment
"C" Company, 7th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Panel/Pier 2C.
France

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town
Aspenden Village Memorial

Pre War

Henry was the son of Henry George & Jane Brown and the husband of Ann Brown of 7 Albert Street. He worked in Belgium before the First World War and was one of those who were killed in the most renowned action of the war, the first day of The Battle of the Somme.

Wartime Service

The battalion, with the 11th Royal Fusiliers on its right, led the left of the attack by the 18th Division. They advanced at 7.30 am and within 15 minutes had captured the first line system of German defences, a place called Emden Trench. By the time the objective had been reached every officer in the two leading platoons had fallen but the men pressed on, led by NCOs. The Germans were well protected in their dugouts and put up a fierce resistance. The assaulting battalions carried forward their attack supported by machine-guns and trench mortars which, according to the Divisional history, provided a hurricane bombardment. Eventually, at 9.30am, after an intensely bitter fight the Battalion took their final objectives, the Pommiers Trench & Redoubt, which were filled with German dead. The Battalion had suffered some 321 casualties during the assault. Henry has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson