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John Browne


Newspaper Photograph of John Browne.

Life Story

Name: John Browne.

Service Number: 17316.

Rank: Lance Sergeant.

Battalion: 9th Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: Belfast.

Died: 7th June 1917.

Address: 43 Bellevue Street, Belfast


John Browne, son of John and Jane Brown, lived at 43 Bellevue Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

The 1911 Ireland Census has John living at 41 Bellevue Street, Shankill Road, Belfast with his mother, Father, occupation, Iron Planer, 2 sisters, Eliza Ann, 23 years, Linen Yarn Spinner, Maggie, 21 years, Linen Yarn Spinner, and brother William, 17 years, Apprentice Fitter at Works. Johns occupation is given as a Apprentice Fitter at Work, also.

John joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 5th of October 1915.

John Brown was a Sergeant in A Company 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action on the 7th of June 1917 aged 21 years.

A local newspaper states.

Sergeant John Brown, Royal Irish Rifles, who was killed in action on the 7th inst, was 20 years of age, and the youngest son of Mr John Brown, 43 Bellevue Street, Belfast. His officer writes: Your son died gallantly leading his men after his platoon officer had been wounded, reorganising them and leading them on to the German third live. It seems he got a bullet through his head, and was killed instantly. I have recommended him for his in action, and hope the award he justly entitled to will be meted out.

His Soldiers Effects were left to his father John.

He received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star.

He is Remembered at Lone Tree Cemetery, Belgium.

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