Brown, William Charles (No. 40929)

Brown, William Charles

Private

No. 40929, 108th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Died of disease on Saturday 30 June 1917 (aged 20)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Extension (Grave 84)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Brown family grave headstone in Belfast City Cemetery

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 69)

BIOGRAPHY

There is a headstone in Belfast City Cemetery on which the death of Private William Charles Brown (No. 40929) is commemorated:

BROWN

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

OUR DARLING DAUGHTER NORA AGNES (WEE NANCY)

WHOM GOD CALLED HOME 20 JULY 1935

AGED 3½ YEARS

ALSO OUR DEAR SON EDWARD JOHN DIED IN INFANCY

ALSO THEIR UNCLE PTE W.C. BROWN 40929 RAMC

DIED 30 JUNE 1917 AGED 20 YEARS

ALSO THEIR DEAR FATHER EDWIN JAMES

BELOVED HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH BROWN

DIED 4 NOVEMBER 1948 AGED 48 YEARS

‘SEVERED ONLY TILL HE COME’

William Charles Brown was born on 13 July 1896 in the townland of Ballymacormick, Bangor and he was a son of Edwin Charles Brown and Mary Ann Brown (nee Ridgley) who were both born in England.  They were married around 1894/1895.  Edwin Charles Brown worked as a Coast Guard man and in 1901 the family was living in the townland of Ballymacormick, Bangor.  In the 1901 Census return Edwin’s age was 34.

Edwin Charles Brown and Mary Ann Brown (nee Ridgley) had two children:

William Charles (born 13 July 1896 in Ballymacormick, Bangor)

Edwin James (born 25 February 1900 in Ballymacormick, Bangor)

Edwin Charles Brown died of nephritis in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow on 31 January 1908 (aged 41).  He was working as a caretaker.

Private William Charles Brown (No. 40929) was a stepson of Edward Anderson of 51 Raby Street, Belfast.

Mary Ann Brown (nee Ridgley) and Edward Anderson were married on 15 January 1911 in Knockbreda Parish Church of Ireland Church.

Private William Charles Brown (No. 40929) was discharged from the Army on 30 January 1917 (Silver War Badge No. 155940) and he died of chronic nephritis at 51 Raby Street, Belfast on 30 June 1917.  He was buried in Belfast City Cemetery Glenalina Extension (Grave 84).

Also buried in the grave, but not commemorated on the headstone, was his mother, Mary Ann Anderson (formerly Brown, nee Ridgley) who died on 12 November 1923 (aged 59).

Private William Charles Brown (No. 40929) is commemorated in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 69).