Sergeant Thomas Brown M.M.

Sergeant Thomas Patterson Brown, M.M., 12th ( Service ) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. He died from wounds, aged 26, in Belgium on the 24th August 1917 during the Battle of Third Ypres. He had been born in Selkirk in 1890 and was the son of John and Margaret Brown of the National Bank House, Selkirk and of “Lorraine” 36 Scott’s Place, Selkirk. He had been employed as an apprentice at Forest Mill, Selkirk, before emigrating to Canada where he worked as a Foreman Dyer at the Clyde Woollen Co. at Lanark, Ontario. He returned in October 1915 to enlist in the 4th K.O.S.B. becoming a Drill Instructor. He resigned from this post and was posted to the K.O.S.B. in France as a Sergeant and later transferring to the H.L.I.. His award of the Military Medal was announced in October 1917. He is buried in White House Cemetery, St. Jean-Les-Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. The photos show troops during the early stages of the Battle which had opened on the 31st July.

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