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Record #8861
Name :
: Henry BROWN (1891 - 1983)

BMD and other details
Date of Birth
: 13 Apr 1891

Marriage (1)
Marriage (2)

Date of Death
: 1983
Abode (1) : Place of BirthEngland, Lancashire, Chorlton
Abode (2) : Place of Death / BurialCanada
Sailing Information
Date of Arrival
: 10 Apr 1903
: Canada

: Tunisian

Placement Family
Homes / Agencys
Institution (GB)

: Middlemore
NotesA birth registration was found for Henry Brown: Year of Registration: 1891; Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun; District: Chorlton; County: Lancashire; Volume: 8c; Page: 932. Parents: Henry Brown and Mary Daley, married March quarter 1878, Bolton, Lancashire, England.

In 1903, Henry Brown, 11, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in a group of 54 Middlemore children en route to Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

According to his granddaughter, Shelley Vercillo, Henry Brown jumped a sailing ship when World War I broke out, working for his passage to England where he joined the Army as a farrier and possibly served in the artillery. While in service, he developed trench mouth and lost all of his teeth. He also had pneumonia and was hospitalized with that. Henry was awarded with several medals, all of which were unfortunately stolen after his return to Canada at the war's end. He also received a Burnt pension.

In his later years, he was asked to travel back to England to obtain a medal from the queen given to the last few remaining men alive who served in the British military during World War I. These soldiers were known as the "Old Contemptibles" (probably the 1914 Star, also known as the Mons Star.) The title was proudly adopted by the men of the BEF who saw service before 22nd November 1914. They were the originals, and most were regular soldiers or reservists. They derive their honourable title from the famous "Order of the Day" given by Kaiser Wilhelm II at his headquarters in Aix-la-Chapelle on the 19th August, 1914:- "It is my Royal and Imperial Command that you concentrate your energies, for the immediate present upon one single purpose, and that is that you address all your skill and all the valour of my soldiers to exterminate first the treacherous English; walk over General French's contemptible little Army." The precise translation has been debated endlessly, but the irony of the choice of title is clear."

Henry Brown belonged to The Royal Canadian Legion, his legion number was 12370557. 
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IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
9127 ARBUTHNOT, George1897ENG, LAN, Chorlton Jun 1912 : Victorian CAN Waifs & Strays  
7865 ASPINALL, Hewitt1889ENG, LAN, Chorlton May 1906 : Tunisian CAN MacPherson Homes  
8861 BROWN, Henry1891ENG, LAN, Chorlton Apr 1903 : Tunisian CAN Middlemore  
6003 CLUDERAY, Alfred1887ENG, LAN, Chorlton Oct 1904 : Bavarian CAN Barnardos  
6443 COONER, Lily1881ENG, LAN, Chorlton May 1894 : Sarnia CAN Marchmont Homes (now Barnardos)  
12594 KELSALL, Pamela1887ENG, LAN, Chorlton May 1899 : Dominion CAN Marchmont Homes (now Barnardos)  
15225 LAWLESS, Priscilla1892ENG, LAN, Chorlton Jul 1907 : Kensington CAN Barnardos  
8796 POLLEY, Thomas C1899ENG, LAN, Chorlton Mar 1909 : Dominion CAN Barnardos  
8797 POLLEY, Vera1900ENG, LAN, Chorlton Aug 1913 : Tunisian CAN MacPherson Homes  
12534 PRINN, Henry W1898ENG, LAN, Chorlton Mar 1910 : Tunisian CAN Barnardos  
6442 ROSCOE, Albert Edward1883ENG, LAN, Chorlton Apr 1893 : Vancouver CAN Barnardos  
3790 SHOTTON, Vincent1890ENG, LAN, Chorlton Sep 1901 : Tunisian CAN Barnardos klms65  
12352 URIE, Matthew1876ENG, LAN, Chorlton Mar 1892 : Carthaginian CAN Barnardos  
21775 WALL, Mary Ann1877ENG, LAN, Chorlton May 1887 : Circassian CAN Liverpool Catholic Childrens Protective Society (now Nugent Care)  
16861 WORTHINGTON, Martha Ann1894ENG, LAN, Chorlton Aug 1906 : Dominion CAN Barnardos