Brown, John (No. 1465501)

Brown, John

Gunner

No. 1465501, 175 Battery, 66 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

Died as a result of enemy action on Monday 5 May 1941 (aged 28)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 23 Grave 111)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church (St. Mark’s)

BIOGRAPHY

John Brown was born on 21 May 1913 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards and he was a son of William and Ellen Brown (nee Cassidy) of 37 Greenwell Street, Newtownards.  They were married on 10 October 1896 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).  Ellen Cassidy already had a daughter, Bessie, who was born in Movilla Street, Newtownards on 20 January 1895.

William Brown worked as a general labourer and bundler and he and Ellen had at least nine children including:

Hugh (born 27 November 1897 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards; died in infancy)

Margaret (Maggie, born 29 January 1899 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

William Martin (born 6 April 1901 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

Hugh (born 23 July 1903 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

Matthew (born 18 June 1906 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

Robert Boyce (born 26 September 1910 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

John (born 21 May 1913 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)

John Brown and Sarah (Sadie) Wallace were married on 12 October 1934 in Newtownards Parish Church (St. Mark’s), they lived at 80 East Street, Newtownards and they had three children:  Edna, Wallace and Joan.

During the Second World War Gunner John Brown (No. 1465501) served with the Royal Artillery and he and Gunner Henry Corry died at Twin Islands, Belfast during the German Luftwaffe air raid on 5 May 1941.  They were buried with military honours in Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery on 8 May 1941.

There were Death Notices in the 10 and 17 May 1941 editions of the Newtownards Chronicle from John Brown’s wife and family; his parents-in-law and family of 105a East Street, Newtownards; his father, sister and brother-in-law Maggie and William Curragh and Wee Bill of 39 Greenwell Street, Newtownards; his brothers Matthew and William (both on active service); his brother and sister-in-law Hugh and Maggie Brown of Kettering, North Hants, England; his aunt Martha in Canada; his sister and brother-in-law Bessie and William John Johnston and family of 46 Movilla Street, Newtownards; his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Eileen Brown and niece Ellen of 63 Greenwell Street, Newtownards and from the members of Lord Londonderry’s Church Lads’ Brigade (CLB) Flute Band, Newtownards.

Gunner John Brown (No. 1465501) was 28 when he died, and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).  His wife Sadie died on 2 July 1997.