Born: 18th July 1895, Hoxne, Suffolk.

Died: 11th August 1916; age: 21; died from wounds received during an attack by an Enemy aircraft over Bir-el-Abd whilst on a Reconnaissance Patrol. Even though John had been shot through his neck and lung he dictated his report a word at a time, then collapsed and died two hours later.

Residence: 15, Thirlestone Road, Edinburgh.


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 and 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: Youngest 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 was educated at Ipswich School – entered September 1907. He won a number of School prizes and passed the Senior Oxford Examination with First-class Honours, in 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, as Observer and his pilot, E. W. Edwards were on a Reconnaissance Patrol when they were attacked by Enemy aircraft over Bir-el-Abd, their aeroplane was shot up, damaged and forced to land. John and Edwards were badly wounded. Edwards had been hit, possibly seven times, but still went off to search for help for his more critically wounded Observer. John was shot through the neck and lung. The official report says that by sheer force of will, John kept himself together until he had dictated his report a word at a time. He was concerned that if his chest wound was touched he would faint. He then collapsed and died two hours later.


John is remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

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