Brown, Thomas Fletcher
7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Killed in action on Sunday 30 May 1915 (aged 20)
Presumed to be Buried:
Redoubt Cemetery, Helles (Special Memorial A. 110)
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club TBC (as T C Brown)
Royal Ulster Yacht Club TBC (as T C Brown)
Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)
Argyle Place Presbyterian Church Belfast
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 68)
Second Lieutenant T C Brown is commemorated on the First World War Memorial Plaque in the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, 7 Seafront Road, Holywood, and in the annals of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, 101 Clifton Road, Bangor. It has been suggested that this casualty is in fact Second Lieutenant Thomas Fletcher Brown.
Research is ongoing to confirm the identity of the casualty named as Second Lieutenant T C Brown on the First World War Memorial Plaque in the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, and in the annals of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club.
Thomas Fletcher Brown was born on 5 July 1894 at 199 Cupar Street, Belfast, and he was a son of William and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Brown (nee Fletcher) who were married on 17 July 1893 in Cliftonville Presbyterian Church, Belfast. William Brown, a mechanic from Belfast, was a son of John Brown, a labourer. Lizzie Fletcher from Belfast was a daughter of Thomas Fletcher, a timekeeper.
William Brown worked as a shipbuilding machinist and he and Lizzie had six children:
Thomas Fletcher (born 5 July 1894 at 199 Cupar Street, Belfast)
Isabella Humphries (born 17 October 1895 Belfast at 199 Cupar Street, Belfast)
William (born 8 October 1899 at 204 Shankhill Road, Belfast; died as the result of measles 8 October 1902)
Lizzie Fletcher (born 13 February 1902 at 204 Shankhill Road, Belfast)
William (born 11 July 1904 at 204 Shankhill Road, Belfast; died of acute enteritis 9 September 1904)
John (born 22 April 1907 at 204 Shankhill Road, Belfast)
Thomas Fletcher Brown attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) and, after leaving school, he worked as an apprentice linen manufacturer. He was a member of the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) of Queen’s University Belfast.
During the First World War Second Lieutenant Thomas Fletcher Brown served with the Manchester Regiment and he was killed in action at the Dardanelles on 30 May 1915. He is presumed (believed) to have been buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, but his grave has not been identified. He had previously been buried in the Clapham Junction area of Helles. There is a personal inscription on his CWGC memorial:
THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT
BE BLOTTED OUT