Lieutenant Thomas Thorburn Brown

Lieutenant Thomas Elliot Thorburn Brown, 3rd Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died of wounds in a Casualty Clearing Station in France on 22nd September 1918, aged 22. He was the son of Adam Thorburn Brown of Torquhan, Stow and is buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. The Battalion had been in action on 18th September in an attack on ” African Trench ” as part of a general attack by the Fourth and Third Armies and had  suffered 5 Officers wounded. The Battalion history does not name all the wounded but it seems likely that Lt. Thorburn Brown was one of them. He had been wounded twice previously. Once was on the Somme on 29th July in an attack near Longueval where Battalion casualties were heavy especially in Officers where 6 were killed and 9 wounded. Lieutenant Thorburn Brown had been born in Texas, U.S.A. his father having emigrated there in 1882. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with its typically chalky soil.

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