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Frederick James Brown was born at Hammersmith in the County of Middlesex. He enlisted as a Pioneer in the Royal Engineers (Regular Army) in London for service in the Great War of 1914-1918. Upon his enlistment, Brown was assigned Regimental Number 25310.

Pioneer Brown was assigned to the 12th Field Company with the 6th Division at Cambridge on the 19th of August 1914. The 6th Division was sent to France almost immediately thereafter, and was in St. Nazaire by the 10th of September 1914. Brown’s company subsequently took part in the following actions:

Aisne 12th September 1914

Armentieres 13th of October to 2nd November 1914

Hooge 19th and 30th of July and 9th August 1915

Pioneer Brown was killed by shell fire in the Hooge area while consolidating positions captured on the 9th of August 1915 by the 16th Brigade of the 6th Division. He was killed in the vicinity of the Hooge Crater on the 16th of August 1915. Brown’s death is commemorated at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery Memorial 7.

Pioneer Frederick James Brown was awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal for his services during the Great War of 1914-1918.


  1. Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers Journal. The Institution of Royal Engineers, 1925-1932.
  2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site.
  3. HMSO. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
  4. History of the 12th Field Company, R.E.