George "Harry" Brown and Owen Brown
DescriptionGeorge Brown, known as Harry, was the eldest of four siblings (two boys and two girls). He was born in Surrey in 1885 and his family moved to Havelock Road in Wokingham before he was 16. His sister Katie was an Infant School teacher and he worked as a Railway Clerk.
In 1911 he was boarding at 1 Havelock Road and working as a bricklayer. He was almost 30 when War broke out in 1914, and he joined the 6th Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. It is likely that Harry volunteered almost immediately because the Battalion was formed in September 1914 as part of Kitchener’s Army. The Battalion landed in France in July 1915. It was heavily involved on the first day of the Somme (1st July 1916). Of 20 officers and 656 other ranks who went over the top on that morning, 7 officers and 71 other ranks were killed and 5 officers and 254 other ranks wounded, with another 11 missing. Harry Brown was probably among those 254 wounded and he died in hospital on the 20th of July 1916, aged 31.
His brother Owen was 14 years his junior. His home was 7 The Terrace, Wokingham. At the time of the 1911 Census Owen was an 11-year old schoolboy. He was serving with the Royal Irish Rifles when he was wounded and he died on the 30th of September 1918. He was 19 years old.
“George "Harry" Brown and Owen Brown ,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed December 12, 2019, https://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/WTH0400.
DateGeorge ‘Harry’ Brown
d. 20th July 1916
d. 30th September 1918