Sunday, March 22, 2015

Samuel Brown

Port Coquitlam
( Sam is not on the official Honour Roll, but he should be )

Samuel Brown, Sam Brown
  131st Battalion  791031  Signed his attestation papers on the 12th of April 1916, at Vancouver, B.C.  Home was Port Coquitlam, where he was working as a logger.  Born on the 24th of March 1876 ( NOT the correct year ) near Belfast, Ireland.
Brother: George Brown, of Castle Green, Comber, Ireland.
Service record:  France 16½ months with the 4th Labour Battalion. 

      He was discharged from service on the 18th of November 1918 at Victoria, B.C., after 31 months of service.  It appears that his true age was discovered, and he was discharged as unfit because there was a law that retired anyone who was overage.

      In January of 1919 he is back in Port Coquitlam, for a short time.  One of the records states that he was born in 1867, and he was 51 years of age, in 1918.
No. 14 Platoon( photo from the 131st Battalion yearbook of 1916 )
Top Row: G. Brown, Percy Gibb, Hosford Franklin Nagle, Leslie Lemuel Evans Goldsmith, William Gower, Samuel Brown, John Simon Whittaker, James Alvin Scott, J. Gourlay, F. Jackson, P.J. Leidmeier, Frederick Harvard.
Second Row: Marmaduke George Bateman, Ralph Wellington Atkinson, Herbert William Henry, Harry Gower, J. Walker, John Gleave, James Arthur Hayne, Joseph Ladoux, William Perry Patten, J. Stewart, D. Dougherty,(David or Daniel Dougherty).
Third Row: George Dalziel, J. MacKenzie, Justin Dorr, G. Williams, John Henry Griffiths, William Henry Lawrence, A. Henderson, Ernest Turner, Wilfred Harold Coleman, Walter John Wigmore, Edward Cadenhead, Abe Denson.
Fourth Row: Albert Richard Eden, David Gillies, James Glass, William Herbert Simpson, F. Grant, Ernest Austen, James Joseph Shea, Roy Torrence Hildebrand, Martin Marin Beadle, James Lyall Goldsmith.
Front Row: Corporal Harry Carter, Company Sergeant Major Richard Arthur Henderson, Lieutenant Vyvyan Chard Brimacombe, Lieutenant Keith Campbell MacGowan, Company Quartermaster Sergeant Leslie George Rayner, Sergeant Edward Groves, Corporal Robert Albert Victor Cheale, Bugler Victor Thomas Crispin.
His parents were Samuel Brown, and Margaret Jane Anderson
Children of:
Elizabeth Brown  born:19 June 1866 Holywood, Down, Ireland   ( NE of Belfast )
Agnes Brown       born: 10 Feb. 1864 Comber, County Down, Ireland
Jane Brown          born: 9 Jan. 1869 County Down, Ireland
Samuel Brown     born: 8 Oct. 1871 Castlereagh, County Down
Sarah Brown         born: 10 Nov. 1872 Castlereagh, Down, Ireland (  SSE of Belfast )
Samuel Brown      born: 24 March 1875   Down, Ireland
Hugh Brown          born: 3 Oct. 1880 Unicarville, Ballymaglaff, County Down, Ireland
1901 census    house 10  in castle lane, Comber, County Down, Ireland
Finds : Agnes ; Jane, and Sarah  listed as working in a flax mill. And their widowed mother, Margaret Jane Brown, age 57; and Robert Brown 17, working as an apprentice carpenter
   Samuel Brown 781031
( not dated, from the Find-a-grave website )
Grave marker in Veterans section of the Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster
( photo from the Find-a-grave website )
The description about Samuel Brown at the Find-a-grave website is correct for the most part, but one main error is the fact that Samuel actually worked as a gardener for the Pacific Mills at Ocean Falls, B.C., from at least 1925 to 1946, in 1947 he was admitted to Essondale, where he spent the last seven years of his life.
Samuel Brown died on the 5th of August 1954 at Essondale hospital, Coquitlam, B.C., at the age of 88; he had spent 44 years of his life in B.C., and 22 years elsewhere in Canada.   See also the Bowell & Sons obituary card for Sam Brown
Note: on the Find-a-grave site, the researcher states that Sam immigrated in 1887 and worked in the northern wilds of B.C. as a logger, and that he was born in 1865 (which is what the death certificate states, which does not align correctly with the Irish birth certificates in the LDS database.

Also the family appears to have had ties to Comber, in County Down, Ireland, they are mentioned a few times in some of the Comber History website texts. 

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