Frederick Brown was one of four brothers from Bedmond that served in the Great War. He was born in 1890, when the family was living at Westfield Row, Leverstock Green. His parents, James and Mary Brown, had eleven children in total – six sons and five daughters. In 1891 James worked as an Agricultural Labourer, but by the time of the 1901 Census he was employed as a Horse Man on a Farm, and the family continued to live at Bedmond. By the time of the 1911 Census, James had died and the family lived at Bell Field at Bedmond. Frederick worked as a Labourer.
Frederick married Elizabeth Brown at Cecil Lodge in Abbots Langley on 4th August 1913. The Abbots Langley Parish Magazine reported that on 30th August 1914, a daughter had been born to Frederick and Elizabeth Brown, at Abbots Langley.
In the Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour Frederick Brown was listed for the first time in May 1915 and was recorded serving with the Army Service Corps (ASC). His Service Record confirmed that Frederick attested at Watford on 19th April 1915 and was posted as a Driver to the 138th Company of the Army Service Corps on 10th May. However, he was discharged on medical grounds on 12th June 1915 having been diagnosed with “a disordered action of the heart”.
In September 1915 he was listed with the Royal Bucks Hussars, a unit that was serving at Gallipoli at the time. So it would appear that Frederick had re-enlisted.
In the September 1917 Parish Magazine, it was reported that Frederick had been wounded. He was still shown serving with the Royal Bucks Hussars in the Middle East. Around that time the Hussars had been in action at the Battle of Gaza. Frederick must have recovered from his wounds as he was listed with the Northumberland Hussars in the January 1918 Magazine, and probably transferred to this unit at some time in 1917. The Northumberland Hussars had undergone infantry training at Etaples, France from 28th July 1917, as the British Army converted cavalry men to infantry roles to fill the gaps in units serving on the Western Front. The Hussars were amalgamated with the 9th Northumberland Battalion, to bring the unit up to strength. Frederick was recorded serving with the Northumberland Hussars through to the end of the War.
Two of Frederick’s brothers died during the War, and a third in January 1919, as a result of being gassed.
Frederick Brown survived the War.