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Private Claude Brown and

Private Cyril Brown

Private  Claude and Private Cyril Brown


Mrs Brown, of Meeting Lane, Burton Latimer, has received from her son, Pte Claude Brown, the card presented to him by the Major General commanding the Division with which he is connected in France, for distinguished conduct on the field of action. The card is printed in gilt, and is as follows:

"Division, British Expeditionary Force, - Your commanding officer and Brigade Commander have informed me that you distinguished yourself in the field on the 16th June 1917. I congratulate you on your fine work. - David G. M. Campbell, Major General Commanding."

Pte Brown is only 20, and enlisted in November 1914. His only brother - Cyril - has also had a distinguished career since he joined in July 1916. During an engagement he earned the commendation of all by his plucky work in rescuing his officer from a somewhat perilous position. He carried this officer to a shell hole, where he attended his serious wounds and had to remain with him for 17 hours. He was very highly commended for his action, and about seven weeks ago came home, having been recommended for a commission. He is now at St Albans. His officer was a son of the Rector of East Hanningfield, Chelmsford, whither Pte Brown has been and received a hearty welcome and the grateful thanks of the officer's parents. Mrs Brown has cause to be pround of her two boys.

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