Frederick Brown (1886–1944)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)    
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry    

Photo courtesy Judith Beresford (with thanks to John Hitchcock)

Frederick Brown photo

Frederick c 1938

Fred the son of George and Elizabeth Brown and brother to Arthur Brown. He worked as a mill hand, married Louisa Otterwell in 1909; June qtr (Belper reg district) and lived at his wife’s native Bargate, Belper. They had a son and a daughter. He enlisted in 1915 and served in France. He spent time in the 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, having received a gunshot wound to the left thigh. He returned to Belper after demob living on Campbell Street.

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier, 1 September 1917
News was received last weekend by Mr George Brown, Marketplace, Crich, that his youngest son, Private Fred Brown, had been wounded in action. Private Brown writing from the 22nd General Hospital says: – "I am getting on all right now again. I got potted on Thursday morning by a machine gun, a bullet going through the flesh of my left thigh. I was very lucky, as my mate went under. It was as my officers said to me when I was coming down to the dressing station, "we have been into hell and got out of it again" I think Fritz got a good peppering although I did not advance far myself I'm highly satisfied with a bit of suffering I have to put up with." Private Brown who enlisted in the Sherwoods over two years ago has been transferred to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He is married. His wife lives at Bargate, Belper.

His brother Arthur Brown, who emigrated to Australia in 1909, is also on the Roll of Honour.


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Brown Head 35 Boot & shoe maker South Normanton
Elizabeth Brown wife 32   Crich
Eliza Brown daughter 12 Scholar Shirland
Arthur Brown son 11 Scholar Shirland
Albert Henry Brown son 10 Scholar Crich
Florence Mary Brown daughter 7 Scholar Crich
Frederick Brown son 5 Scholar Crich

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1901: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Brown Head 46 Shoe maker South Normanton
Elizth. Brown wife 43   Crich
Eliza Brown daughter 22 Shop assistant Shirland
Albert Hy Brown son 20 Joiner Crich
Florence M Brown daughter 17   Crich
Frederick Brown son 15 Gardeners help Crich
Edith May Brown daughter 9   Crich
Jane Brown daughter 3   Crich

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1911: Bargate, Holbrook

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Arthur William Taylor Head 26 Iron founder Milford
Ruth Taylor wife 25   Bargate
Reggie Taylor son 2   Bargate
Fred Brown boarder 25 Mill hand Crich
Louisa Brown boarder 28   Bargate
Ronald Brown boarder 1   Bargate

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1939 Register: Campbell Street, Belper
Frederick Brown b.24 February 1886; textile dyer
Louisa Brown b.9 May 1884