ARTHUR WALE BROWN

 

Born: 4th October 1867, Kinwarton House, Captains Hill, Kinwarton, Warwickshire.

Baptised: 3rd November 1867, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Kinwarton, Warwickshire. Parents: John & Jane Brown.

Died: 8th January 1900; age: 32; as a prisoner at Jacobsdarl, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, from wounds received on the 6th January 1900, at Rensburg, near Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Coombe Villa, Teignmouth, Devonshire.

 

Service:

Arthur joined the Suffolk Regiment – 1889.

He obtained a Second Lieutenancy on the 4th November 1889.

His Lieutenancy on the 26th April 1893.

His appointment as captain was gazetted on the 23rd June 1898.

Ordered out to South Africa in November 1899.

As the 3rd Company Commander, Arthur was an officer of considerable experience, although he had not previously seen active war service.

 

Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.

 

Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

An impressive funeral was held and attended by many burghers and the local residents.

Grave Reference:

Colesberg Military Cemetery,

Northern Cape,

South Africa.

 

CENSUS

 

1871   Eckington House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

 

Arthur was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Brown, 37, a Landowner, born Kinwarton, Warwickshire.

Jane Fletcher Brown (nee Cragg), 39, born Great Ilford, Essex.

Edward Cotgreave Brown, 4, born Kinwarton House, Kinwarton.

Emily Jane Brown, 2, born Kinwarton House, Kinwarton.

George Fletcher Brown, 1, Kinwarton House, Kinwarton.

1 head nurse

1 housemaid

1 cook

1 under nurse

1 general domestic servant.

 

Educated at Allhallows School for Boys, Honiton, Devonshire.

 

Probate to John Brown Esquire – father.

 

Arthur is also remembered at Allhallows School, Honiton, Devon.

 

An extract from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – 3rd November 1902

IN MEMORY of OLD HONITONIANS

A scheme is on foot, in accordance with the desire of past and present students attending Allhallows School, Honiton, that a fitting memorial should be raised to those members of the School who fell during the South African war. In all, some 50 old Honitonians served in the war, and nine were killed in action or died on active service in South Africa.

 

An extract from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – 4th July 1903

 

MEMORIAL TO OLD HONITONIANS

DEDICATION OF A CHAPEL

Yesterday evening, the Lord Bishop of Crediton dedicated the Chapel at Allhallows School, which has been provided in memory of the Old Honitonians who fell in the South African war. A large number of the “old boys of the School” served in the Transvaal war – about 50 – and of these nine died on active service.

At the conclusion of the hostilities the general wish was expressed by Honitonians, past and present, that a tribute should be erected to their memory. Funds were liberally subscribed, and it was decided that the memorial should take the form of the erection of a new dining-room, and the transposition of the old one into a chapel. The sum extended in the provision of the memorial was about £250, of which about £150 has been raised.

The dedication service last evening was attended by the students at the School, and a few of the residents of Honiton and neighbourhood. The Bishop of Crediton was accompanied by the Rev. H.J. Fortescue (rector of Honiton), the Rev. R.A. Byrde (of Widworthy, formerly headmaster of the School), and the Rev. T.B. Panther. There was also present Mr. Middlemist, one of the masters of the School.

Afterwards a collection was taken on behalf of the Old Boys’ Memorial Fund.

 

 

One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk Hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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