328 Sergeant JOHN BROWN
Madras Sappers and Miners
John Brown was born in the Parish of Erpingham, near Norwich in Norfolk. He enlisted on the 5th of June 1859 and attested on the 7th of June 1859 for 10 years of service in Her Majesty's Indian Forces (late East India Company). At the time of his enlistment, he was 20 years old. Brown's description on enlistment was as follows:
Height: 5 feet 3 inches. Hair: brown. Eyes: grey. Comprexion: fresh. Trade: miller.
Brown embarked on the Barnham on the 13th of September 1860, bound for Madras. In 1861 he volunteered to serve as a Corporal in Her Majesty's 102nd Foot (formerly 1st Madras European Fusiliers), but was subsequently transferred to the Madras Sappers and Miners where he served in "C" Company.
On the 7th of October 1868, Brown reenlisted for a period of 10 years and 242 days while serving in India. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then to Quartermaster Sergeant on the 24th of April 1876. Quartermaster Sergeant Brown was pensioned on the 21st of November 1881.
During his service in India, QMS Brown was awarded the India General Service Medal 1854 with clasp [PERAK].
L/MIL/9/46, L/MIL/11/107, L/MIL/11/190, L/MIL/11/199, L/MIL/11/200 and L/MIL/11/249, Indian Office Records.