CEF Soldier Detail

Private John Sidney Brown
Died: September 15, 1916

Regimental Number:
Survived War:
Canadian Infantry
18th Battalion
B (?)
Place of Birth:
Watford, Ontario
Next of Kin:
Henrietta Brown, Watford, Ontario ( Wife)
Address at Enlistment:
Watford, Ontario
Date of Birth:
December 6, 1888
Trade or Calling:
Marital Status:
Prior Military Experience:
Place of Enlistment:
London, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
April 9, 1916
Age at enlistment:
5 Feet 6 Inches
35 Inches
5 Inches
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Saw service in:
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
"Killed in Action" This soldier was killed by an enemy shell during the advance and capture of COURCELETTE. Battle of Courcelette
Date of Death:
September 15, 1916
Age at Death:
Buried at:
Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
No known grave
Prisoner of war:
not POW
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 1164 - 16
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 18th Battalion B (?)

Son of Jacob Daniel(1863-1951). and  Anna Christina(Smith) Brown(1863-1955); husband of Henrietta M.(Williams) Brown, of Watford, Ontario. John S Brown married Henrietta M Williams on 10 May 1911 at Watford, Lambton County, Ontario.John S Brown was a married 28 year old Barber when he joined the 70th Overseas Battalion in London Ontario on 9 April 1916.John had a year of Militia Service with the 27th Lambton Regiment(St Clair Borderers) with Headquarters in Sarnia Ontario. The 70th  Canadian Infantry Battalion  was authorized on 15 Aug 1915 and its Headquarters were in London Ontario where John joined in 1916.The 70th recruited from Essex, Kent, Lambton, and Middlesex counties. Pte Brown sailed for England on 5 My 1916 on the SS Lapland and his 70th Battalion was absorbed by the 39th Battalion on 6 July 1916.On 29 July 1916 Pte Brown was transferred to the 18th Battalion(Western Ontario)in the field. The 18th Canadian Infantry Battalion headquartered in London Ontario was authorized on 7 Nov 1914 and had been in France since 15 Sept 1915. 28 year old Pte John Sidney Brown was killed in Action 15 Sept 1916 as part of the 18th Canadian Infantry Battalion( now a Regiment), 4th Infantry Brigade,2nd Canadian Division in France  during the Battle of Courcelette(called The 1 July to 18 Nov 1916 Battle of the Somme) as described below.

John Sidney Brown ( Sid) was killed at the Battle of Courcelette when the 18 Bn attacked Sugar trench just out side the ruined town.124733 Jacob Lavern( Vern) Brown , Sid's brother was in the same attack and they went over at the same time, Vern survived the war. There is a short letter to their mother published in the Watford Guide- Advocate of October 13, 1916. Sid was survived by his wife Henrietta and a son,(Francis Allan Brown)  and an older  daughter named Bernice Natalie Brown.

Sid's medals were lost since they were signed for by his wife in 1921. Sid's name is seen on the Vimy Memoral since no trace of him was ever found. 124733 Jacob Lavern(Vern) Brown, his brother searched for him at aid stations and around the battlefield hoping to find him alive but nothing was ever found of him after the morning of the 15 Sept, 1916. He was first listed as missing, then listed as killed in action a short time later. Official records list him KIA.