Born: 1895, Hoxne, Suffolk.

Died: 11th August 1916; age: 21; Died of Wounds – shot through the neck and lung.


In December, 1914, John left Edinburgh University to join the Royal Naval Division, he was sent to Gallipoli in May 1915. Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on the 1st September 1915, attached to the Royal Horse Artillery. Transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in March 1916. Graded as a Qualified Observer on the 1st June.

John was due to come home in August 1916 for training as a pilot, but was kept back owing to the shortage of Observers who knew the country.


Rank: Second Lieutenant/Observer.

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps, 14 Squadron + Royal Field Artillery.

14 Squadron :Egypt 1915-1917, Gaza, Megiddo,  Arabia 1916-1917

Mentioned in Despatches.


Grave Reference:


Kantara War Memorial Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. C. Brown, of 32, Leith Mansions, Grantully Road, Maida Vale, London.




1901   Park Farm, Hoxne, Suffolk.


John was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

David Brown, 48, a Farm Bailiff – retired, born Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Catherine Brown, 48, born Argyllshire, Scotland.

Catherine Muir Brown, 15, a Pupil Teacher, born St. Mary Bourne, Hampshire – died 1905, Ipswich.

Helen Muir Brown, 13, born Hoxne.

William Thomson Brown, 11, born Hoxne.

Margaret Thomson Brown, 9, born Hoxne.


1911   43, London Road, Ipswich.


John was 15 years old and living with his widowed mother & sister.

Catherine, 58.

Margaret, 19, a Typist – Engineer.


John’s father, David Brown died December 1906, Ipswich – a Butcher.


John attended Ipswich School – entered September 1907. He won a number of School prizes and passed the Senior Oxford Examination with First-class Honours, 1911. John was a keen member of the O.T.C. and attended all the camps. After leaving school in July 1911, he entered Edinburgh University as a Medical Student.


11th August 1916


John’s aeroplane was brought down, he and the pilot were badly wounded. John was shot through the neck and lung. The official report says that John by sheer force of will kept himself together till he had dictated his report a word at a time. He then collapsed and died two hours later.

John is remembered on Ipswich School’s war memorial.

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