Other names: William Thomas
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetIndiaFranceGillingham, Dorset
Story: William Thomas Brown was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, on 7 Mar 1888 the son of Samuel Brown and Clara Brown (nee Moore) and also brother to Cyril Brown who served in the Royal Navy in WW1. William lived with his family in Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, until enlisting in the 11th Hussars on 19 Mar 1906 (Service No. 5872). He was transferred shortly after to the 13th Hussars (Service No. 1177) and qualified as a Private (Shoeing Smith) and served in India. In March 1913 he was placed on Reserve during which time he became a Postman in the Shaftesbury area and when he married Constance Kate Gray in Gillingham, Dorset, on 10 Dec 1913. They went on to have four children. At the outbreak of war he was embodied on 5 Aug 1914 and re-joined his Regiment. On 17 Jun 1915 he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment (Service No. 3/20836) and posted to France. On the 16 Sep 1916 he was again transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 1073) and again to the Durham Light Infantry on 12 Dec 1916 (Service No. 25835). He spent his final few months of service from 30 Jun 1917 until his discharge (due to being unfit for further duty) on 19 Nov 1917 in the 378th Home Service Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 165859). He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals along with the 1914/15 Star. On discharge he went to live at Railway Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset. By the 1939 Register William and family were living at 10 Wavering Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset. He died in Gillingham in 1961 and was buried there on 1 Jul 1961.