Brown, William John (No. 17314)

Brown, William John

Lance Sergeant

No. 17314, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles            

Killed in action on Monday 26 June 1916 (aged 20)


Authuile Military Cemetery, France (Grave G. 8)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial

Second Comber Presbyterian Church


William John Brown was born on 9 November 1895 in Carnesure, Comber and he was the fourth son of Robert and Margaret (Maggie) Jane Brown (nee McIlveen, sometimes McIlvene) who were married on 23 December 1887 in Second Comber Presbyterian Church.  Robert Brown from Newtownards was a son of William Brown, a labourer.  Maggie Jane McIlveen from Comber was a daughter of Robert McIlveen, a labourer.

The Brown family lived in Ballybeen, Dundonald; High Street, Comber and Millview Cottage, Comber.

Robert Brown worked as a labourer and van driver and he and Maggie Jane had at least eight children:

Joseph (born 20 December 1888 in Mill Street, Comber)

Robert (born 18 April 1891 in High Street, Comber)

David (born 9 July 1893 in Commons, Newtownards)

William John (born 9 November 1895 in Carnesure, Comber)

Hugh (born 29 September 1898 in Commons, Newtownards)

Jane (born 14 May 1900 in Ballybeen, Dundonald)

James (born 5 April 1903 in Dundonald)

Samuel (born 15 February 1906 in Dundonald)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War William John Brown worked in a factory.

He enlisted in Comber and during the war he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Lance Sergeant William John Brown (No. 17314) was 20 when he was killed in action on 26 June 1916 and at that time two of his brothers were also serving at the Front.

Lance Sergeant William John Brown (No. 17314) was buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France and he is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial and in Second Comber Presbyterian Church.