835205 Pte. David Brown

Dover (St. James) Cemetery



Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in June 1897, David was a resident of Odessa, Ontario and a laborer at the time of attestation in December 31st, 1915.

Originally signing on with the 146th Battalion, David was amongst 276 men subsequently transferred to the 4th CMR towards the end of 1916.

At the time of his loss, on December 31st, 1918, and aged just 22 years, the war had been over by 6 weeks and the 4th CMR were marching westwards in the area of Waterloo, and onwards to demobilization in the early New Year.

It is not known at the time of writing how or where David sustained injuries that would eventually take his life. Cruel irony that he survived to war's end, only to lose the final battle on New Year's Eve, 1918, exactly 3 years to the day after he had signed on.

That Pte. David Brown is one of two men of the 4th CMR known to lie at rest in Dover (St. James) Cemetery, England, is some indication that his wounds were such that it was possible, initially, to affect his return to "Blighty" for treatment.

Credit: headstone image, Chris Henzler, and biography excerpt courtesy of David Kavanagh.