BROWN William Robert
Regiment : 1st/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 2098
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 3rd April 1916
Buried : Bromsgrove Cemetery, Worcestershire, England, Grave M. 39.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Memorial : Aston Fields War Memorial
Also appears on : Blackwell Holy Trinity Methodist Church now in Blackwell St Catherine's Church.
W.R. Brown, Private, Worcestershire Regiment was employed by the Midland Railway as a Wagon Repairer’s Boy in the Carriage and Wagon Department at Bromsgrove Station. These details are recorded in the company’s memorial book.
Source: In Remembrance of the Brave Men of the Midland Railway who Gave their Lives in the Great War 1914-1919. Published by the company to coincide with the unveiling of the Midland Railway War Memorial at Derby on Thursday 15th December 1921 at 11.45am.
The following information has been researched and transcribed by Jeff Taylor:
Aston Fields Soldier Dies of Pneumonia
Mr and Mrs Brown, of Carlyle Road, Aston Fields, have received news of the death, from pneumonia, of their son, Private William R. Brown, Worcestershire Regiment. Before the war, Private Brown was employed as a wagon repairer at the Midland Rail Carriage and Wagon Department, Bromsgrove Station, and was a member of the Territorial Force. When war broke out, he was mobilised with his unit, proceeding to France in March 1915, with the 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. During the course of his duties, he caught a cold, pneumonia developed, and he was removed to a Military Hospital. He died on 3 April 1916 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley. The body was brought to Bromsgrove by train, and the funeral took place, with full Military Honours, on Saturday the 8 April at Bromsgrove Cemetery. Private Brown was 20 years of age.