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2nd Lieutenant Robert Stanley Brown

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Robert Stanley Brown

Robert Stanley Brown was born on 5th August 1894, to a writer and his wife: Mr Thomas Stark Brown and Mrs Annie Brown. He was the fourth of five children - younger brother of Annie, Mary, and Ralph; and elder brother of Gladys. In Robert’s childhood, the family lived in 1 Victoria Terrace, Dowanhill. He attended Glasgow Academy.

Robert, though having attended a prestigious school, never enrolled at the University of Glasgow. His only link to the university is his being a member of the Officer Training Corps from 1910 to 1914. It seems likely that Robert enlisted in the army as soon as war broke out - he was gazetted Second Lieutenant by 2nd September 1914; less than a month after the first declarations. As part of the Highland Light Infantry, 16th Battalion, he fought in the Battle of Albert (the first offensive of the overarching Battle of the Somme). He was killed on the first day, 1st July 1916, at the age of 21. He is now buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille, France.

The University of Glasgow honours Robert’s name on its Roll of Honour. His high school, too, commemorates him: on Great Western Road, there is a memorial for all fallen alumni. In Glasgow Academy itself, there is a memorial which bears Robert’s name; and in the Academy’s printed Roll of Honour, his name, rank, and service are published. A black cross next to his name marks that he served and died.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Robert Stanley Brown
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 16th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action in France 1 July 1916. Member of University of Glasgow OTC
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/652
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

1901 Scotland Census

GUAS Ref: CH 4/4/2/3/652

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Debt of Honour Register

The Scottish War Memorials Project

The Glasgow Academy Roll of Honour 1914-1918, p.20 (Glasgow: Jackson, Wylie & Co., 1933)

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