Isaac is currently commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as J Brown. The error dates back to the early 1920s. Evidence has now been submitted to the Commission of his correct name and, hopefully, in due course his commemoration in the online Debt of Honour Register will be amended as will his gravestone at Basra in Iraq.
He was born within the parish of St Matthew’s C of E Church, Grenville Street, Stockport. He was married and lived at 10 Eadie Street, Heaton Lane, with his wife and two children.
Until he enlisted, on 29 August 1914, he worked for Hollingdrake & Son Ltd, Stockport. He saw service at Gallipoli. As with many men there, he contracted dysentery and spent two weeks recovering in Egypt. After the evacuation from the failed campaign, the Battalion was sent to Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).
Isaac died of wounds he received during an attack, on 9 April 1916, described here. He will have been in a military hospital when he died. During his time in the hospital, he had written home telling Mrs Brown that on 8 April he had been on a bayonet training course and had come through without a scratch.