2nd Lieutenant Archibald Campbell Brown

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Archibald Campbell Brown

Archibald Campbell Brown was born on the 4th March 1886 in Tarbert, on Loch Fyne, Argyllshire, son of James, late postmaster in Tarbert, and Margaret Brown, living at Dunalasdair, Tarbert, Argyllshire, Scotland.

Archibald attended High School there before studying at Glasgow University, matriculating in 1904/05, and graduating MA in 1906. After graduating, Archibald attended teacher training college (he is commemorated on the Jordanhill Teacher Training College Memorial, see The Scottish War Memorials Project). He enlisted in the 17th Highland Light Infantry in September 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders in 1915.

After returning home in December 1916, he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 14th (Service) Bn., Princess Louise's, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on the 26th April 1917, after a period of training at Alston Hall and Holbeton, Reading, Berkshire, England. 2nd Lieutenant Brown went back to France that September, and was killed in action on the 20th April 1918, aged 32. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) (London Gazette, 16th Septemebr 1918) for gallant and distinguished service in the field. An Officer wrote:

"He was one of the bravest men who joined Kitchener's Army".

His citation entry in the London Gazette, dated 13th September 1918 read:

"T./2nd Lt. Archibald Brown, Arg. & Suth'd Highrs, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, in command of a fighting patrol, was ordered to clear the enemy out of a strong point in an advanced trench. On reaching the trench the patrol came under very heavy machine-gun fire; he at once dashed forward with his men and succeeded in putting three guns out of action., killing the teams, and bringing back a prisoner. Though wounded, he continued to do duty during the remainder of the operations".

2nd Lieutenant Archibald Campbell Brown is buried at Agny-les-Duisans, Etaus near Arras, northern France. As well as the Jordanhill Teacher Training College Memorial, 2nd Lieutenant Brown is commemorated on the Tarbert, Loch Fyne Memorial (see The Scottish War Memorials Project).

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Archibald Campbell Brown
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 14th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: MA
Awards: Military Cross
Comments: Killed in action, 20 April 1918
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Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

Biography: Information contributed by John Houston, member of the Scottish Military Research Group and Neilston War Memorial Association.

Biography: Information contributed by De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1924, vol. 5, p 22.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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