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First Name: Alfred Last Name: BROWN
Date of Death: 09/03/1917 Lived/Born In: Haggerston
Rank: Private Unit: London2/4
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Age-24

1, Eleanor House, Whiston Street, Haggerston

Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France

 

58th Division arrived in France in January 1917 and after a period of initial training moved to the Bellacourt sector of the front a few miles south-west of Arras. On 9th March, the 2/4th London battalion of 173 Brigade were in the front line there in the Z1 sector and having to contend with a good deal of shelling and ‘aerial torpedoes’, another name for large trench mortars. That night two patrols were sent out and both were fire on by machine-guns, one when they had discovered a German wiring party and were then seen. Alfred Brown was killed on this day but whether by shell fire or when on patrol is not known.

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