James William BROWN
Rank: Private
Number: 2402
Unit: 1/7th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 30 June 1915
Age: 22 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta

The 1901 Census shows William and Hettie Brown living at 5 Heaviley Grove, Stockport with their four children - Lilian (then 17), Emma (15), Susannah (12) and James (8).

By 1914, the family had moved nearby to 39 regent Road and James was working as a clerk for the local engineering firm of Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day. In his spare time, he played lacrosse for the Davenport team and was one of the young players who enlisted into the army within days of War being declared in August 1914. By the middle of the following month, he was on his way to Egypt and the Sudan where he undertook his army training "on the job". Click here for some details of this period.

On 3 May, the Battalion embarked from Egypt to go into action at Gallipoli, landing on the 7th. Less than month later, James took part in his first and last attack on 4 June. He was shot in the head and, with the bullet still there, he was evacuated from the peninsula to hospital facilities at Malta. Although it was an extremely serious matter, it would seem that the doctors spent some time in stabilising James' condition before they deemed him strong enough to risk the operation to remove the bullet. One of his comrades later wrote saying that James' condition had worsened after the operation and he died in his sleep. "Everything was done for him that could be done but he was one of the many who have died for their country despite all the skill and attention which have been given them."

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