2nd Lieutenant Harold Halstead Brown

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Harold Halstead Brown

Harold Halstead Brown was the youngest son of the late Very Reverend John Brown, DD, minister of Bellahouston Parish, and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1916-1917). He was born on the 24th October 1896. On leaving the High School of Glasgow, he proceeded to the University, entering on the Arts side. There he joined the OTC, from which he obtained his commission in the Gordon Highlanders in March 1915.

He left for the front on the 1st June 1915, and was attached to the 2nd Bn. Seaforths, then at Ypres. Later he was invalided home. He rejoined the 3rd Bn. Gordon Highlanders in September, and left again for the front on the 7th March 1916. He was attached to the 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders, and with them took part in an attack on Delville Wood on the 18th July, and fell in action, aged 29. He was a nephew of Professor Rankine, KC, of Threepwood, Roxburghshire, and a grandson of the Very Reverend John Rankine DD, of Sorn, who was Moderator of the Church of Scotland in 1883. Like his older brothers he had a brilliant career at the High School.

2nd Lieutenant Harold Halstead Brown is honoured on the City of Glasgow Roll of Honour, and his name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial, in France. 

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Harold Halstead Brown
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 18 July 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/649
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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