Brown, Hugh

Brown, Hugh

Ex-Private

No. 42855 Northumberland Fusiliers

Previously 2nd Garrison Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (No. 2039)

And 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 9295)

Died from disease on Friday 25 March 1921 (aged 48, death certificate)

Buried:

Movilla Cemetery Newtownards (Section 13 Grave 20)

Commemorated:

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

The name Hugh Brown is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles.  The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as the result of wounds or disease.

During the First World War Hugh Brown served with the 2nd Garrison Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (No. 2039), the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 9295) and the Northumberland Fusiliers (No. 42855).  He embarked for France on 13 October 1914.  Private Hugh Brown was awarded the 1914 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  He was discharged from the Army on 17 July 1918 and his disabilities were listed as Valvular Disease of the Heart (VDH) and Rheumatism.  The Army concluded that these had been ‘aggravated by service’.  Based on ‘100% disablement’ he was awarded an Army pension with effect from 11 July 1919.  It is noted in Army records that Hugh Brown died on 25 March 1921 as the result of ‘general paralysis of the insane’. His address was stated to be 3 Mary Street Place, Newtownards.  His wife was named as Mary Brown.

On his death certificate it is noted that Hugh Brown died in Down Asylum, Downpatrick on 25 March 1921.  He is described as a 48-year-old married soldier.  Hugh Brown was buried on 26 March 1921 in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards (Section 13 Grave 20).

Hugh Brown and Mary Jane McKee were married on 24 August 1898 in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  Hugh Brown, a stone mason from Newtownards, was a son of John Brown, a stone mason.  Mary Jane McKee from Newtownards was a daughter of John McKee, a weaver.

Hugh and Mary Brown (nee McKee) had at least five children:

Maggie (Madge, born 22 January 1900 at Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

Unnamed female child (born 28 November 1903 at William Street, Newtownards; died 28 November 1903 aged five minutes at William Street, Newtownards)

Maggie (born 1 June 1907 at William Street, Newtownards; died of infantile debility from birth on 3 June 1907 aged two days at William Street, Newtownards)

John (born 19 May 1909 at William Street, Newtownards)

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 15 December 1910 at William Street, Newtownards; died of infantile debility 29 March 1911 aged three months at William Street, Newtownards)

In 1901 Mary Brown (nee McKee) and her daughter Maggie were living at Victoria Avenue with Mary’s aunt, Maggie Monaghan.

In 1911 Hugh and Mary Brown (nee McKee) were living at William Street, Newtownards with their children Madge and John, and Maggie Monaghan, Mary’s unmarried aunt.

Maggie Monaghan died of bronchitis on 23 February 1917 (aged 62) at Mary Street Place, Newtownards.  Her niece, Mary Brown, was with her when she died.

Ex-Private Hugh Brown (No. 42855) died on 25 March 1921 in Down Asylum and was buried the following day in Movilla Cemetery Newtownards.