Arthur Brown


Australian Imperial Force 5810 70 Depot, 27th Battalion

Arthur Brown

Photographs and information courtesy Christine Hearne.

Arthur was born in about 1880 at Shirland, the son of George and Elizabeth Brown. Just after his birth the family moved to live in Crich. Both Arthur and his father were boot makers. In 1889 he married Louisa Jane McCreery and continued to live in Crich. They had two children, Harold Spencer Brown and Dorothy Brown. The middle name “Spencer” ran in the Brown family. Arthur’s first cousin was called Arthur Spencer Brown and he is on the Lea Mills Roll of Honour – he was killed during the war. This Brown family, from Holloway, were also boot makers.
Arthur emigrated to Western Australia, leaving London on 9th July 1909 on SS Otway with his wife and family, and it was there on 24th May 1916 that he joined the Australian Imperial Forces, aged thirty-six – still working as a boot-maker. His address was recorded as Chapel Street, Burwood. The 27th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. It was initially raised in 1915 as part of the First Australian Imperial Force for service during World War I. During the conflict the battalion saw action briefly at Gallipoli before later fighting on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918, which is where Arthur served.

Arthur Brown in Australia

Arthur with his wife Louisa in Australia after the war.

Arthur Brown in Australia

Arthur, on the right, with his wife and family.

Arthur Brown died aged seventy-five in August 1955.

Derbyshire Courier 11 January 1919
Private Arthur Brown, formerly of Crich, visited his father’s home during the week on leave from France. Private Brown is attached to the Anzacs, having joined an Australian contingent from Perth, Western Australia, to which place he emigrated a number of years ago.

Derbyshire Courier 2 August 1919
After a three months stay at his former home Pte. Arthur Brown of the Australian Imperial Forces left on Monday for Salisbury Plain from where he is to be demobilised. He expects to start back for his home in Perth, West Australia, in about a fortnight. Whilst in Crich he has assisted his father in the boot and shoe business.


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Brown Head 35 Boot & shoe maker South Normanton
Elizabeth Brown wife 32   Crich
Eliza Brown daughter 12 Scholar Shirland
Arthur Brown son 11 Scholar Shirland
Albert Henry Brown son 10 Scholar Crich
Florence Mary Brown daughter 7 Scholar Crich
Frederick Brown son 5 Scholar Crich

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1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Arthur Butler * Head 21 Bootmaker Shirland
Louisa Butler * wife 21   Wirksworth
Harold S Brown son 5 mo   Crich

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* Census enumerator recorded incorrect surname; he followed on from previous family