Other names: Horace William
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireFrance & FlandersCologne Southern Military Cemetery, Germany Bow Marsh Cottage, Semley, WiltshireSt. Leonard's Church, SemleyHendon, MiddlesexWinchesterPetersfield, HampshireTisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Horace William Brown was born Hendon, Middlesex in 1893 but the birth was registered in Tisbury, Wiltshire. (The family moved to Semley before 1911.) He was the son of Edward Brown, a cowman on a farm, and Elizabeth Brown (nee Goddard). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a cowman on a farm and living at Bow Marsh Cottage, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Winchester as a Private and joined the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 18167). he gave his residence at the time as Petersfield, Hampshire. He also served with the 14th Battalion but was with the 2nd Battalion when taken prisoner. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 16th November 1918 whilst in captivity and was buried at Cologne Southern Military Cemetery in Germany (grave id. XVII.A.4). The cemetery was used not only for original burials but also for men who died in prison camps elsewhere and were re-interred after the Armistice. He is remembered on the War Memorial in St. Leonard's Churchyard, Semley, and the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St. Leonard's Church.