Regiment : 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 5257895
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 27th June 1944 aged 34
Buried : St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France, Grave V. E. 5.
Relatives : Son of John William and Agatha Brown, of Stourbridge, Worcestershire; husband of Alice May Brown, of Stourbridge
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Appears on the Army casualties list for Worcestershire.
The following information has been researched and transcribed by The Black Country Society:
Albert Brown was married to Alice and in 1939 they lived at Beauty Bank Crescent, Stourbridge. His brother, John Brown, had been in the Worcesters during the Great War and had been killed in action at the age of 18 during the German Spring Offensives of 1918. Albert Brown worked for the Stourbridge Parks Department and helped to look after the recently acquired Mary Stevens Park. He was called up in 1940 and enlisted in the Worcesters. He joined the 1st Battalion which was under training from 1942 for the eventual cross-Channel invasion. As part of the 43rd (Wessex) Division they were in the follow up force to the Normandy D-Day landings. They crossed the Channel and the first landing craft went ashore at 19.20 on the 18th June. In the next few days they moved to the front line to relieve the original force and to halt the powerful German counter attack which Rommel was planning. On the 25th they entered the front line in the shattered village of Cheux and prepared for the Battle of the River Odon. The German troops were well protected in the ruins and on the 27th no fewer than four officers from A Company were killed by a single mortar bomb. The enemy also engaged in small surprise attacks led by up to three tanks. Casualties were heavy and they included Private Albert Brown who was killed in action on this day.