Cyril Harry Brown (1898–1976)


London Scottish Regiment   14th Battalion
Machine Gun Corps 118612 2nd Reserve Battalion

Photo courtesy Kathleen Wood

Cyril Brown

London-born Cyril moved to Crich as a boy when his father became licensee of the Black Swan Hotel. Cyril moved to London after passing civil service exams. Enlisting in May 1916, he was mobilised in Feb 1917. He was a clerk for the Ministry of Labour, married Kathleen Jowett in 1925; June qtr (Marylebone reg district) and had a son and a daughter, relocating to his wife’s native Darlington. In the 1940s, the family moved to Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Black Swan Inn at Crich

The Black Swan on Bowns Hill Crich; the Market Place is in the distance

Cyril Brown

Cyril as a young man

Medal Roll Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Demobilisation Certificate
118612 Corporal BROWN, Cyril Harry; 2 Reserve Batallion MGC; enlisted 17 May 1916; mobilised 9 February 1917 with 14th Battalion London Scottish; born 1898; transferred to Army Reserve 11 November 1919.

Cyril Brown's brother David Brown is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Brighton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
David M Brown Head 32 Lodging house keeper Burton
Catherine Brown wife 30   Tunstall
David D Brown son 5   Tunstall
Cyril H Brown son 2   London
Catherine W Brown daughter 6 weeks   Brighton
Annis Hall aunt (wdw) 67 Own means Tunstall

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1911: Black Swan, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
David Matthew Brown Head 41 Inn keeper Burton
Catherine Brown wife 40   Tunstall
David Brown son 15   Tunstall
Cyril Brown son 12   London
Winnifred Brown daughter 10   Brighton
Muriel Brown daughter 8   Brighton
Hannah Wragg servant 15 General servant Crich

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1918 Voters List Crich
Cyril H Brown, Black Swan, Crich; absent on military service.

1939 Register: King William Street, Darlington
Cyril H Brown b. 22 September 1898; Clerk at Ministry of Labour
Kathleen May Brown b. 5 April 1900
David A Brown b.23 February 1926; school