BROWN John William
Regiment : 2nd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 43691
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 15th April 1918 aged 18
Buried : St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq, France, Special Memorial 2.
Relatives : Son of John William and ethel Agathe Brown, 17 Green St., Stourbridge
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
John Brown attended the Enville St. Council School. He worked as a moulder for J. and W. Wood. He enlisted in 1917 and was posted to the 2nd/8th Battalion of the Worcesters in the 61st Division. This Division had been in the front line on the 21st March 1918 for the first great German offensive of that year and had suffered great losses. When the second assault on the Lys started on the 9th April, the German forces again made great gains, capturing Armentieres. The 61st Division was then moved to the front line to halt the German advance at St. Venant. The Worcesters fought gallantly but with heavy casualties. Among those killed in action was Private John Brown. He is also commemorated on St. Thomas’s church and the former Enville St. School memorials. His younger brother, Albert Brown, was also in the Worcesters and was killed in the Second World War in the 1944 Normandy campaign.