Levi Brown

Name

Levi Brown

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

28/12/1915
16

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
16747
Bedfordshire Regiment
8th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Panel 31 and 33
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Knebworth Village Memorial, Knebworth (old) St. Martin’s Church Memorial, Knebworth (New) St. Martin’s Church Roll of Honour, Knebworth (New) St. Martin’s Church Framed Memorial, Knebworth (New) Not on the Datchworth memorials

Pre War

Levi was the son of Levi and Florence Brown (formerly Collins), born mid 1899 at Datchworth, and in 1901 living at Cattle Gate, St Thomas Northaw with his father, who is recorded as a cattle man. His mother was born in Datchworth, and his father in Bennington. It appears that his mother had died in 1905, and by 1911 he was living with his father only, who was then described as a builder’s labourer, at Pound Green Datchworth, with two younger brothers. In army records he is said to have previously been living in Knebworth in civilian life.

Wartime Service

Levi enlisted in Hertford and served in the 8th Bn Bedfordshire Regt. He arrived in France 30/8/1915, which means that he must have already been in the Army and trained, even so at his age he should not have been on active service or overseas. His birth has been checked in Freebmd, and mid 1899 is correct. He may have falsified his age on enlistment and no age is given in army records.

Additional Information

His father died in 1963, age 88. No other Levis identified could be this man.

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson, Pat Bird