Brown, Mervyn Gamble (No. 1452072)

Brown, Mervyn Gamble

Sergeant

No. 1452072, 24 Battery, 9 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

Died of disease on Thursday 2 May 1946 (aged 33)

Buried:

Breandrum Cemetery, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (Section 1. Grave 132)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

It was reported in the Press that Mervyn Gamble Brown died on 2 May 1946 in Bangor, Co Down.  The report also stated that:

  • He was a son of Mr and Mrs W.F. Brown, East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
  • He was an Inspector of the Standard Assurance Company
  • He enlisted in an AA Regiment and was stationed in Derry for a time; he also served overseas until the end of the war and was in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.
  • In January 1946 he underwent an operation and, ‘although on the way to recovery, took ill about a fortnight ago’.
  • He was married recently and besides his wife and parents, leaves a brother and sister to mourn his loss.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Sergeant Mervyn Gamble Brown (No. 1452072) was a son of William Frederick Brown and Lila Molly Brown, of Enniskillen, and he was the husband of Patricia Lucy Brown, of Bray, Co. Wicklow, Irish Republic.

Sergeant Mervyn Gamble Brown (No. 1452072) was buried in Breandrum Cemetery, Tempo Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

 HE HAS OUTSOARED

THE SHADOW OF OUR NIGHT

A separate plinth on his grave records the deaths of his parents:

William Frederick Brown

1878 – 1951

Lila Molly Brown

1888 – 1974

The marriage of Mervyn Gamble Brown and Patricia Lucy Wilkins was registered in the first quarter of 1946 in Dublin South District.

Mervyn Gamble Brown was born on 20 August 1912 in Main Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone, and he was a son of William Frederick Brown and Lila Molly Brown (nee Moore) who were married on 28 December 1907 in the Parish of Camus-Juxta-Mourne (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Church Strabane.  William Frederick Brown (aged 22), a shop assistant from Lifford Street, Strabane was a son of William Brown, a farmer.  Lila Molly (sometimes Leila Mollie) Moore (aged 20) from Kilcullen, Co Kildare, was a daughter of William Moore, a farmer.

William Frederick Brown worked as a ‘hardware assistant’, Lila Molly Brown worked as a ‘fancy draper’, and they had at least three children:

Ian Gamble (born 6 July 1909 in Main Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone)

Jennie (born 15 May 1911 in Main Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone)

Mervyn Gamble (born 20 August 1912 in Main Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone)

The following information is recorded on Mervyn Gamble Brown’s death certificate:

  • Died on 2 May 1946 in Bangor Hospital
  • Late of Grammar School, College Avenue, Bangor
  • Married
  • Aged 33
  • Worked as an Insurance Official
  • Died of an intestinal obstruction due to tuberculous peritonitis
  • Death registered by Ian G. Brown (brother), Beachview, Groomsport