Captain Arthur Anthony Brown MC

  • 1886-1918
  • Royal Field Artillery
  • Died of heart failure in Palestine 4 April 1918, aged 32
  • Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery
  • Born 30 April 1886
  • Father Mr J Brown, Chilhampton, Near Salisbury
  • Attended Abingdon School 1900 to 1905
  • Caius College, Cambridge
  • Tea planter, Ceylon

From The Abingdonian April 1918

BROWN - On 4th March 1918 abroad, from heart failure, Arthur Anthony Brown, Temporary Staff Captain, RFA, youngest son of John Brown Esq., The Close, Purton, WiIts. aged 31. Anthony Brown was the youngest of several brothers who were all prominent in the School from 1885 to 1905. He came in May 1900 and won the “Heber Clarke” Challenge Cup in 1904, and was a member of the Cricket and Football elevens. He went up to Caius College, Cambridge in 1905 and played in goal for the Ist XI. He became Iater on a Tea Planter in Ceylon.

His General wrote:
He was a clever, hard-working soldier, and it is a great loss to us. At the time of his death he was at Divisional Headquarters, understudying the Staff Captain whom he would probably have succeeded if there had been a vacancy.

His Colonel wrote:
I can never forget the work he did for me during the strenuous days of the last big battle at Gaza and during the advance afterwards. Gallant and cool always, he never allowed the dangers and discomforts of a battle to interfere for a moment with his most methodical and punctual attention to every detail of all the administrative work which falls to an Adjutant’s lot. Only a few hours before his death it was my privilege to recommend him for a Military Cross, and richly did he deserve it. 

Citation for award of Military Cross:
For conspicuous devotion to duty throughout the operations before Gaza, and subsequently during the advance culminating with the action securing the Jaffa-Jerusalem line. This officer, as Adjutant to a group of six batteries during the bombardment and attack on the Gaza defences, was tireless in the performance of his duties, and his organization of ammunition supply, communications and returns, was beyond praise.

Documents

Handwritten record of Brown’s war service.
Transcript of Brown's war service.