David Douglas Brown (1895–1977)

Lance Corporal

London Regiment (the Queens) 2292 & 720538 24th Battalion
Middlesex Regiment   33rd (works) Battalion
Labour Corps 163301 6th Labour Battalion

Photo courtesy Janet Wagg

David Douglas Brown

David and his brother moved to Crich when their father became licensee at the Black Swan. He enlisted in Aug 1914 and served in France from May 1915. He was the first old pupil of Herbert Strutt School, Belper, to be wounded. In 1917 he joined the British Mission in Italy. Marrying in 1921, he lived in South London. For many years he was an overseas representative and taster for a tea dealer.

Black Swan Inn at Crich

The Black Swan on Bowns Hill Crich; the Market Place is in the distance

Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15-Star medals.
Entered France 15/3/15
Demobbed 22/3/19

Army Service Record
Enlisted 31 August 1914 in 24th (County of London) Battalion, the London Regiment, (the Queens) aged 18 years and 11 months. His address was 59 Hamilton Road, Golders Green and he had served with the 2nd Civil Service Cadets. Employed as a Civil Service clerk. he was 5ft 3½in tall and weighed 112lb. Next of kin David Matthew Brown, Black Swan Hotel, Crich, Nr Matlock

31.08.14 Embodied 24th London Regiment
02/09/14 Transferred to Service Battalion
15/03/15 To France until 24/05/16
15/05/16 Transferred to Admin Centre 24th London Regiment
25/05/16 Appendicitis at Nottingham General Hospital; 31 days stay
10/07/16 Attached London Command Depot
23/08/16 Attached 24th London Regiment Depot
31/03/17 Transferred to Middlesex Regiment
31/03/17 Posted 33rd Works Battalion
27/04/17 Transferred Labour Corps
02/06/17 Posted Emp Coy 686
05/09/17 Embarked attached for duty to British Mission, Italy
20/03/18 Appointed acting lance corporal with British Mission pay
06/09/18 Granted 14 days leave to UK via Boulogne
27/02/19 To home for demobilization
Debobbed as Lance Corporal 163301 Labour Corps, March 1919

• Enlisted in 24th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Queen's), 31 August 1914 [in 1916 this was redesignated as a Territorial Battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)].
• Served in France, 15 March 1915 to 24 May 1916.
• Wounded in France, 26 May 1915.
• Transferred to Middlesex Regiment, 33rd (Works) Battalion, 31 March 1917.
• The 33rd (Works) Battalion transferred to the Labour Corps as 6th Labour Battalion, 27 April 1917.
• Appointed Acting Lance Corporal, 20 March 1918.
• Transferred to Army Reserve, 22 March 1919 - rank was Acting Lance Corporal.

Newspaper Report

Belper News, 18th June 1915
The first old boy of the Belper Strutt school to be wounded at the front is Pte. David Brown, of the Queen’s Royal Surreys. After being in four battles he took part in a bayonet charge and was stunned by the premature explosion of a star shell in the hands of one of his own officers. He is now in hospital at Boulogne. Altogether 30 old boys from the Strutt Schools are serving with the colours.

David Brown's brother Cyril Brown is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Brighton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
David M Brown Head 32 Lodging house keeper Burton
Catherine Brown wife 30   Tunstall
David D Brown son 5   Tunstall
Cyril H Brown son 2   London
Catherine W Brown daughter 6 weeks   Brighton
Mauriel Brown daughter 8   Brighton
Annis Hall aunt (wdw) 67 Own means Tunstall

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1911: Black Swan, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
David Matthew Brown Head 41 Inn keeper Burton
Catherine Brown wife 40   Tunstall
David Brown son 15   Tunstall
Cyril Brown son 12   London
Winnifred Brown daughter 10   Brighton
Mauriel Brown daughter 8   Brighton
Hannah Wragg servant 15 General servant Crich

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1939 Register: Regal Crescent, Egham
David D Brown b.2 October 1895; export manager, tea taster and blender