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Brown, Clive Andrews

Captain Clive Andrews Brown, the only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. George Andrews Brown, of Croydon, spent three years at the College and continued his engineering studies at University College, where he joined the O.T.C., and, on leaving, joined the London Scottish in 1912. On the outbreak of war, he went into training with his regiment. In September, 1915, he obtained his commission and joined the 1st London Divisional Engineers at Esher. . He was promoted captain in June, 1918, on being appointed adjutant to C.R.E. Kent Force, Canterbury. He was placed permanently on the home staff, as the medical board could not pass him for service abroad. He served from the outbreak of war until October 25th, 1918, when he was taken ill with influenza and was removed to the Shorncliffe Hospital, where he passed away on November 7th, only six weeks after the death, from wounds received in action, of his brother, Captain K. A. Brown He was buried at Bandon Hill Cemetery with military honours, his colonel commanding the escort. All the numerous letters of sympathy sent to Captain Brown's twice bereaved parents tell, in the warmest terms, of the high appreciation held by all for the dead officer. Thus his colonel wrote: "He was such a topping good fellow and has been such a staunch assistant to me ever since he has been with me." His major wrote of the tremendous amount of good work he had done - "he truly and faithfully worked for the great victory, although he did not go to the front." And another spoke of him as "just the kind of man I should have been proud to call friend and to be so called." Another brother officer wrote: "too well do I know how hard he worked at Esher - often sustained more by sheer 'spirit' than physical health, and one was compelled to admiration of him...... we who have been privileged to know him intimately and work with him realise this. I shall always remember him affectionately as a good friend, a genial comrade, and an officer who has always sacrificed himself entirely to a remarkably high sense of duty." And yet another: "he was as true as steel and as straight as a die. My strongest memory of him will always be his frank, honest straightforwardness - and I know of no finer quality." King's College Review, June 1919

Biographical

Surname(s)Brown
First name(s)Clive Andrews
Place of birthGlasgow
Family detailsSon of George Andrews Brown and Alice Alexandra Brown, of 18, Croham Park Avenue, Croydon; husband of Winifred Edith Brown.
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseEngineering
QualificationsA.M.I.C.E.
Military unitRoyal Engineers, (Adjt. C.R.E., Canterbury).
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death7 November 1918
Age at death28
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathShorncliffe Military Hospital
Cause of deathPneumonia
Burial placeBandon Hill Cemetery, Surrey
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission;

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