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Samuel Henry Brown

In memory of:

Private Samuel Henry Brown

August 20, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Machine Gun Corps


4th Coy.

Additional Information


March 1, 1891
Clinton, Ontario

Son of John and Mary Ann Brown, of Clinton, Ontario.

Samuel Henry Brown's Service File (Library and Archives Canada)

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


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

XXII. R. 16A.


Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Etaples Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the London Free Press August 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Samuel Henry Brown– Samuel Henry Brown was born in Clinton Ontario on March 1, 1891 the 6th and youngest child, to John Brown and Mary Ann Pennebaker. 

When his older brother Frances (Frank) Brown moved west around 1900 to Manitoba old 1906 to 1914 postcards indicate that Sam and his brothers Charlie and Ernie traveled back and forth from Clinton, Ontario to Eden, Manitoba to work as farm hands and labourers. Sam also picked up work in London and Petrolia. 

Sammuel Henry Brown first joined the Canadian militia and later at Clinton Ontario on December 6th, 1915 he enlisted with the 161st Battalion of Huron County. His unit set sail on October 30, 1916 aboard the SS Lapland and arrived in England November 11, 1916. Sammuel transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, 4th Machine Gun Company upon arrival.

His WW1 pocket diary indicates he fought at Vimy Ridge on Easter Monday April 9th, 1917. It states, "we went over the top, at the vimy ridge". 

There is much dialogue in the diary up to June 3rd, 1917 when Sammuel indicates he is at rest camp at Gouy-Servins France for a month and then the diary remains quiet and unused until August 10th, 1917. On this day, his last entry, it states, "party gassed well (while?) coming to the line, was caught with pants down".

On August 20th, 1917 Sammuel Henry Brown was admitted to #7 Canadian General Hospital Etaples France dangerously ill with gunshot wounds to his face. He died later that day. Sam was 26 years old. He is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery in France in Plot XXII R. 16A

God Bless You Samuel Henry Brown
Forever Remembered...
  • 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 899 of 1128
  • Inscription– Private Samuel Henry Brown is also commemorated on the Memorial in Clinton, ON … First World War names … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • War Memorial– Private Samuel Henry Brown is also commemorated on the Memorial in Clinton, ON … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Family Photo– The Brown family portrait from Clinton, Ontario 

Elizabeth Abel Brown   1883 - 1957
Charles Wesley Brown 1881 - 1920
Ernest Edgar Brown  1887 - 1946

Father - John brown  1851 - 
Frances George Brown  1878 - 1930
Martha Grace (Minnie) Brown  1875 - 1961 
* Sammuel Henry Brown *  1891 - 1917
Mother - Mary Ann Pennebaker  1856 - 1914
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  • Memoribilla– Samuel Henry Brown's badges found in family heirlooms.

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