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186528 Pioneer
Royal Engineers

Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

Charles Henry Goullee Brown was born in Southwark, Surrey in 1897. He was the son of William and Emily Brown of 14, Holyoak Road, Newington Butts, London.

Brown enlisted as a Pioneer in the Royal Engineers at Southwark (Walworth), Surrey and was posted to "B" Special (Cylinder) Company of the Special Brigade. This was one of the unit responsible for British gas warfare operations in France and Flanders. "B" Company's first action was at Hill 70 with the British First Army. The operations at Hill 70 took place from the 15th to the 25th of August 1917. Pioneer Brown was killed in action on the 19th of August 1917. At the time of his death he was 20 years old.

Brown is buried in the Fosse Commonwealth Cemetery Extension at Sains-En-Gohelle, II. D. 34.

1. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
2. Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineer Journal, 1925-1932.
3. Commonwealth War Graves Index No. Fr. 570, Fosse No, 10.