Brown, Alexander Scott (No. 7897764)

Brown, Alexander Scott (Alexander)

Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant

No. 7897764, North Irish Horse, Royal Armoured Corps

Killed in action on Sunday 21 March 1943 (aged 27)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia (Face 4)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor

Scott family grave headstone in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery


Alexander Scott Brown was born in 1915 in Polemont, Stirlingshire and he was a son of Alexander and Mary Brown (nee Scott) who were married on 17 July 1914 in Crescent Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Alexander Brown, a colliery inspector from Polemont, was a son of Alexander Brown, deceased.  Mary Scott from Belfast was a daughter of John Scott, a cashier, and Mary Duff Scott.

In the 17 April 1943 edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported that SQMS Alexander Scott Brown was a son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Stockdale of 33 Princetown Road, Bangor and he was ‘missing believed killed on active service’.  He was, in fact, Thomas’s stepson.

Thomas Stockdale of 5 Geoffrey Street, Belfast worked as a labourer and Hannah Coey of 1 Keswick Street, Belfast worked as a reeler when they were married on 14 December 1913 in St. Silas’s Church of Ireland Church in Belfast.  They had at least four children:

Elsie (born 1915)

Mary (Molly)

Iris (born 1920)

Thomas Norman (born 1922)

The Stockdale family lived at Clonfin, Ballymaconnell, Bangor and Hannah Stockdale died there on 8 February 1926.  Hannah Stockdale was buried in Belfast City Cemetery – Glenalina Extension (Grave J. 120).  Also buried in that grave were Ellen Stockdale of 16 Harrybrook Street, Belfast who died on 2 March 1946 and Mary Stockdale of 107 Clandeboye Road, Bangor who died on 18 February 1970.  Ellen Stockdale was Thomas Stockdale’s mother and Mary Stockdale was his second wife.

After Hannah died, Thomas Stockdale married Alexander Scott Brown’s mother, Mary Brown (nee Scott).  Thomas and Mary were married on 24 September 1927 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.

Before joining the North Irish Horse at the outbreak of war Alexander Brown was employed by Messrs Norman McNaughton and Sons in Corporation Street, Belfast.  The press report pointed up the fact that Alexander had a brother serving in the RAF and two sisters in the ATS.  In the 29 May 1943 edition of the County Down Spectator there was a Killed in Action notice which repeated that he was a son of Mr and Mrs Stockdale of 33 Princetown Road, Bangor.  Alexander Brown’s brother was Thomas Norman Stockdale and he died some five months later, on 28 August 1943.

Alexander Brown’s sister Mary (Molly) was married to Gunner John Thomson (No. 1560614), Royal Artillery and John was 29 when he died on 28 June 1945 at Palace Barracks, Holywood.  Brothers-in-law, Thomas Norman Stockdale and John Thomson were buried in the same grave in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery.

On 2 February 1943 the North Irish Horse landed in Algiers and marched 17 miles to their camp.  Thereafter they were involved in various actions and on 21 March 1943 SQMS Alexander Brown (No. 7897764) aged 27 was one of two men who were killed when the lorry they were travelling in was mortar bombed near Beja in Tunisia.

Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander Scott Brown (No. 7897764) was buried in an unknown grave and he is commemorated on the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial; on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor and on the Scott family grave headstone in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery.

Alexander Scott Brown and Thomas Norman Stockdale were grandsons of John and Mary Duff Scott.  Mary Duff Scott died on 10 April 1933 (aged 66) and John Scott died on 11 November 1942 (aged 79).