Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 104472.
Regiment: 228th Field Coy. Royal Engineers Died of wounds Friday 2nd June 1916 Age 28County Memorial Chester area
Grave\Panel Ref: VIII.A.120.

228th Field Coy, Royal Engineers, died aged 28 on 2nd June 1916.

Born in Shoreham, Sussex, the son of Charles (made Freeman of Chester, April 1874) and Eliza Browne of Shoreham, Sussex. His father is shown as having worked on the E & N Railway.

Recruited 3rd August 1915, aged 27 years 6 months, shown as 5’6” and his profession was noted as ‘Carpenter and Joiner (Skilled)’. The address given on the enlistment papers given as 29 White Friars, Chester, and next of kin as Eliza Margaret Harwood Browne, sister, c/o 5 Faulkum Street, Hoole.

Promoted Lance Corporal January/February 1916. He was wounded on 21st May 1916 and died on 2nd June. A telegram from the War Office to his sister on 21st May 1916 states, ‘in General Hospital in Boulogne, dangerously ill suffering from gunshot wound to head’.

A request was made for his personal effects to be sent to William Harwood Browne. Also had a brother, Morton Frank Harwood Browne (made free April 1910), and sister Jessie.

He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Made free 9th April 1910 by birth – Joiner. He was admitted to the Joiners Company at a special meeting held at the City Arms Hotel on 4th October 1910.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Chris Pate for this information on Harold.