Brown, Alan (No. 1479901)

Brown, Alan

Leading Aircraftman

No. 1479901, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Monday 31 August 1942 (aged 19)

Buried:

Miami (Grand Army of the Republic) Cemetery, Oklahoma, USA                                      (Block 14 Row 1 Grave 3)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church

Brown family grave headstone in Ballyvester Cemetery, Donaghadee

BIOGRAPHY

Born on 17 January 1923, Alan Brown was the younger son of Samuel and Jane Brown (nee McCance) of 3 Hunt’s Park, Donaghadee.  Samuel Brown was a merchant and he and Jane McCance were married on 16 September 1914 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.  Samuel Brown from Donaghadee was a son of John Brown, a merchant (deceased).  Jane McCance from Ballyvester was a daughter of Samuel McCance, a farmer.

Their elder son, John McCance Brown, was born on 10 June 1915 in Ballyvester and baptised in First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church.

During the Second World War Leading Aircraftman Alan Brown (No. 1479901) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was killed in a flying accident while undergoing flight training at Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, USA.  He was buried in the British Block of Miami (Grand Army of the Republic) Cemetery.  Fourteen other British servicemen are also buried there.

Leading Aircraftman Alan Brown (No. 1479901) was 19 when he died on 31 August 1942 and he is commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial; in First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church and on the Brown family grave headstone in Ballyvester Cemetery, Donaghadee.  His father, Samuel Brown, died on 8 June 1971 (aged 85); his mother Jane died on 1 October 1972 (aged 85); his elder brother John died on 18 July 1984 (aged 69) and his eldest sister Jean (wife of Jack Acklam of Silsden, Yorkshire) died on 14 February 1992 (aged 71).