Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Gordon Brown

In memory of:

Squadron Leader James Gordon Brown

November 27, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:

Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information

Commemorated on Page 260 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

I. A. 27.


Antwerp lies 57 Km north of Brussels on the E19 and 59 km north east of Gent on the E17 motorway. The cemetery itself is located in Wilrijk, a suburb of Antwerp. From the Bistplein in front of the railway station in Wilrijk follow the Kleinsteenweg for 300 M until you arrive at the ring road. Turn right and follow the ring road for 100 M to the first set of traffic lights and turn left. Go under the flyover and continue straight on over the dual carrageway into Jules Moretus Lei. Follow this street for 1 kilometre and the entrance to the Municipal Cemetery is on your left. After entering the cemetery follow the Commission signs to the three Commission plots at the far end of the cemetery. Alternatively ask for their location at the office within the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Buzz bomb on display
  • Photo of James Brown – Rev. James Gordon Brown was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Brown of R. R. 2, Lyndhurst.  He attended local schools, graduating from Athens high school.  He received his Master of Arts degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  He was minister of Robertson United Church, Edmonton, Alberta, when war broke out and he enlisted June 1, 1942 in the Chaplain service of the R.C.A.F.

On November 27, he was celebrating his birthday with a group of friends in Antwerp when a V-2 bomb landed near them.  He was killed, but the others were untouched. He is buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp.
  • Newspaper clipping
  • Dutch children exploring a bomb.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Newspaper - Deaths on Active Service
  • Cemetery Entrance – Entrance … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice – Cross of Sacrifice located in Plots 4 and 4A … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery – View of Plot 3 … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker – Grave marker … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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