Other names: Richard William
Locations in this story: Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersFontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetHighworth Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, WiltshireWeymouth, Dorset
Story: Richard William Brown was born in Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1886 and baptised there on 22nd August 1886, the son of Frederick Brown and Emily Brown (née Polden). He lived his early life in and around Sutton Waldron and Fontmell Magna, Dorset. He enlisted as a Territorial Reservist with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 1985) prior to the outbreak of war. He married Grace Lilian Herbert at Lower Stratton, Wiltshire on 4th December 1912 and they went on to have two children. He was mobilized on 14th June 1915 with the Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) (Service No. 88407) and joined the 77th Field Ambulance serving in France. He received a gun shot wound in the left thigh on 25th May 1918 and was repatriated to the UK on 26th July 1918, receiving treatment in various military hospitals until 2nd January 1919. He was discharged on 8th March 1919 and gave his address as 12 Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals plus a limited pension. By the 1939 Register he had moved house to 16 Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, and was described as a Pattern Store Manager (GWR). His death was registered in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry in 1963.