Private Andrew Brown

Private Andrew Brown, 55th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He died from wounds in France, aged 26, on the 1st November 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Selkirk in 1890 and was the son of Annie and the late James Brown of 6 Goslaw Green, Selkirk and is buried in Contay British Cemetery, Contay, Somme, France. He had been employed as a tweed finisher in Selkirk before enlisting in November 1915. He was wounded in late October and died in the 9th Casualty Clearing Station at Contay on the Somme. His Headstone is inscribed ” He Is Gone We Follow Slowly Treasuring A Memory Holy”. By late 1916 the Somme battlefields had become a glutinous quagmire as can be seen from the photographs making movement very difficult.

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