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Frederick Brown was the son of John and Mary Brown, of Miles Cottages, Dargate. In the 1901 census, John’s occupation was shown as a grocer on his own account; Frederick and his three brothers were farm workers. By the time of the 1911 census, all the brothers had moved out and father John was back to his previous occupation of farm worker. Frederick’s whereabouts are unknown but his brother John Brown was still living in Dargate, was married and had two young children. He would also join the army and was killed near Ypres in 1917.
Private Frederick Brown is remembered with honour at the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, where his name appears on the commemorative panel - Pier and Face 5D. Both brothers are also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St Michael's Church, Hernhill.
The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.
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The Battle of the Somme started on 1 July 1916 when thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces, supported by a French attack to the south, launched an offensive.The attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance, losses were catastrophic and the initial attack was a failure.
In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed. However the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. Attacks continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The chalky mud of the Somme area turned into a glutinous slime, and the onset of winter finally brought the allied offensive to a halt.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
War Diary of the 7th Buffs Battalion
War Diary of the Canadian 4th Division