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Richard Austin Brown

In memory of:

Captain Richard Austin Brown

November 14, 1917

Military Service


Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

15th Battalion

Citation(s):

Military Cross

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


Born:

October 21, 1896
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

July 6, 1915
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Son of T. Albert and Jennie Brown, of Toronto, Ontario.

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:

XXII. DD. 7.

Location:

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located about 12 kilometres west of Ieper town centre, on the Boescheepseweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre, the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then 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. On reaching Poperinge, the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans-Vlaanderenweg. 800 metres along the N38 lies the left hand turning onto Lenestraat. The next immediate right hand turning leads onto Boescheepseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 kilometres along Boescheepseweg on the right hand side of the road. From Calais, take the motorway A16 signposted Dunkerque/Lille. At Dunkerque take the motorway signposted Lille/Ypres, the A25. Leave the motorway at Junction 13, the village of Steenvoorde. Follow the D948/N38 signposted Ieper/Poperinge. After approximately 8-10 kilometres Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery will be signposted off to the right.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Remembered by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Remembered by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • 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 849 of 1128
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me. From the Annie Boyes collection courtesy of the Simcoe County Archives. http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/arc
  • Group Photo– A RPPC of four officers from the 48th Highlanders of Canada found inside an album purchased at an estate sale in Nova Scotia by Andrew Webb-Trezzi in 2020 (it remains in his collection). Standing left to right are Alan Turnbull, Ewen McGregor Haldane (KIA), Richard Austin Brown (KIA), and Wilfred Mavor. Four extremely brave men, the very best Canada had to offer.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram June 1916. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Reverse side of Group Photo– A RPPC of four officers from the 48th Highlanders of Canada found inside an album purchased at an estate sale in Nova Scotia by Andrew Webb-Trezzi in 2020 (it remains in his collection). Standing left to right are Alan Turnbull, Ewen McGregor Haldane (KIA), Richard Austin Brown (KIA), and Wilfred Mavor. Four extremely brave men, the very best Canada had to offer.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram July 1917.  Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Richard Austin Brown– Captain Richard Austin Brown attended St Andrew's College where he was a member of the cadet corps from 1908-1914.  This photo is from the June 1919 Memorial Edition of 'The Review' which was the school magazine.
  • Roll of Service– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Photo of Richard Brown– From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement Fourth Edition 1918
published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto.  
Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– In honoured memory.
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers' Tower was built at University of Toronto in 1924 in memory of those lost to the University in the Great War. Their names are carved on the Memorial Screen.  Photo:  K. Parks.
  • Grave Marker– Grave of Capt Richard A Brown MC, 15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada), Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Dileas Gu Brath.

Photo by BGen G Young 15th Bn Memorial Project Team 11 Nov 09
  • Badge– 15th Bn cap badge. Photo  BGen G. Young 15th Battalion Memorial Project Team.
 
DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Shoulder patch– 1st Division, 3rd Brigade shoulder patch worn by 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders of Canada). Photo BGen G. Young 15th Battalion Memorial Project Team..
 
DILEAS GU BRATH
  • War Diary– Extract from the War Diary of the 15th Battalion reporting the death of Capt RA Brown MC.

Submitted by BGen G Young, 15th Battalion Memorial Project.
  • Photo of Richard Austin Brown– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Period photo of three 15th Battalion Officers. Left to right- Lieutenants B. Henderson (survived the war), Eric Ryrie (KIA 19 Jun 1917 and buried at Hersin Communal Cemetery and Richard Austin Brown.

Photo is from the archives of the 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum and posted by BGen G. Young of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project. 08 Mar 2012
  • Badge– Cap badge of the 58th Battalion (Ontario)which was Captain Brown's original Unit upon Attestaion.

Submitted by BGen G Young of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project.

Dileas Gu Brath
  • Attestation papers– Submitted by BGen G Young of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project.

Dileas Gu Brath
  • Attestation papers– Back side of Capt Brown's Attestation record.

Submitted by BGen G Young of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project.

Dileas Gu Brath
  • Shoulder patch– Shoulder patch of the 58th Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Division which was Captain Brown's original unit upon Attestation and before transferring to the 15th Battalion.

Submitted by BGen G Young of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project Team.

Dileas Gu Brath
  • Memorial Room– Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto.  Photo by David Pike, 2010; courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Inscription– Inscription in Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower.  The carillon was installed in 1927.  Originally there were 23 bells. Alumni and friends donated funds for bells in memory of those who fell in the Great War. Dedications are carved high on the walls of the Memorial Room, including several pertaining to those who studied at University College. Bell XXIII is dedicated: "University College Alumni Association". The UC alumnae association (female grads) also donated a bell. Photo courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Roll of Honour– Roll of Honour of Rosedale Public School, Toronto, Ontario showing the name of Capt Richard Austin Brown MC who attended the school prior to the war.

Photograph submitted by BGen G Young, 15th Battalion Memorial Project.

Dileas Gu Brath.
  • Roll of Honour– Roll of Honour of Rosedale Public School, Toronto, Ontario showing the name of Capt Richard Austin Brown MC who attended the school prior to the war.

Photograph submitted by BGen G Young, 15th Battalion Memorial Project.

Dileas Gu Brath.
  • Photo of Richard Austin Brown– Then Lt Richard Austin "Bud" Brown while training at Camp Borden in August 1916. The photograph came from a period album of a brother officer,Lt LM Murray of the 134th Battalion CEF, which is in the archives of the Regimental Museum of the 48th Highlanders of Canada in Toronto, Ontario. 

Photograph scanned and submitted by BGen G Young of the 15th Battalion CEF Memorial project.

Dileas Gu Brath
  • Book of Remembrance– Book of remembrance, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Toronto showing Capt Brown's name.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project.  Dileas Gu Brath
  • Original Marker– Photograph of the interior of the Brown family mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada showing the wartime gravemarker of Captain RA Brown MC from Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. The cross was returned to the Brown family after the war when the CWGC was constructing the cemeteries with the standard headstones seen there today.

Photograph by M. Norton 2012 and submitted by BGen G Young of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project.

Dileas Gu Brath - Faithful Forever
  • Document– Part 2 orders dated 21 June 1916 indicating Lt Brown was wounded and transferred to Shorncliffe.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Document– Pt II Orders 15th Bn dated 16 November 1917 noting death of Capt Brown.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team courtesy 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum.  DILEAS GU BRATH

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