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George Basil Brown

In memory of:

Corporal George Basil Brown

November 14, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

305598

Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Field Artillery

Division:

8th Brigade

Citation(s):

Military Medal

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


Born:

October 8, 1887
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

December 5, 1915
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of George Cecil and Louise Winifred Brown, of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Commemorated on Page 208 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

II. N. 17.

Location:

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 is located 6.5 km west of Ieper town centre on the Branderstraat, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. 6 km along the N308, after passing the village of Vlamertinge and just beyond the church in the hamlet of Brandhoek, lies the left hand turning onto the Grote Branderstraat. The cemetery is located 300 metres along the Branderstraat on the left hand side of the road, beyond the N38 dual carriageway, which it is necessary to cross. Historical Information:
During the First World War, Brandhoek was within the area comparatively safe from shell fire which extended beyond Vlamertinghe Church. Field ambulances were posted there continuously and the Military Cemetery was opened early in May 1915 in a field adjoining the dressing station. It closed in July 1917 when the New Military Cemetery was opened nearby, to be followed by the New Military Cemetery No 3 in August 1917. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 contains 975 First World War burials. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Broad to Broyak. Mircoform Sequence 14; Volume Number 31829_B016723; Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 158 Page 591 of 1128
  • Grave Marker– Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Honour roll– In memory of the Ashbury College alumni and staff who gave their lives in Word War I, World War II and the Korean War. Plaque erected in the Ashbury College Chapel, 362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
  • Photo of George Basil Brown– Corporal George Basil Brown, Canadian Field Artillery
He was born in Toronto, in 1898.  He received his education at Ashbury College, Ottawa, and after graduation he entered the service of the Bank of Montreal.  In December 1915, he enlisted as a Gunner in the 3rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery; he went overseas with his unit and after a brief period of training in England he arrived in France in the following May.  He took part in all the battles in which the Canadians were engaged during 1916 and 1917, on the Somme, at Vimy Ridge, at Hill 70, and in the Ypres salient.  For gallant and distinguished conduct during the attack for the capture of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917, he was awarded the Military Medal.  He was instantly killed by enemy fire on November 14, 1917 [at the age of 19], during the Canadian offensive for the capture of Passchendaele Ridge in front of Ypres.
Source: Norm Christie. For King and Empire: The Canadians at Passchendaele October to November 1917. Winnipeg: Bunker to Bunker Books, 1996., p. 62.
  • Record of Service– Memorial from the Great War 1914-1918: a record of service published by the Bank of Montreal 1921.
  • Bank of Montreal Memorial– Memorial from the Great War 1914-1918: a record of service published by the Bank of Montreal 1921.
  • Biography– Memorial from the Great War 1914-1918: a record of service published by the Bank of Montreal 1921.

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