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BROWN, William Harwood

Brown, William Harwood

Rank: Chief Petty Officer

Year of death: 1915

Date of birth: 14/1/1880

Date of death: 8/8/1915

Place of death: Drowned in The Downs (off Dover)

Service number: RNR 3095A

Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve


Cemetery location: Dean Road Section

Where remembered?: CWG St James cemetery, Dover.

Biographical Information

William was the son of William and Mary Brown (nee Sooffirs). William was a bricklayer and Mary a domestic servant. William’s father died of tuberculosis on 3/12/1881 at 28 Victoria St, Scarborough. Mary then married William Duck on 22/8/1882.

William Harwood Brown fished out of Aberdeen on the trawler SS Strathdee with his half brother John Will Duck. William Harwood Brown married Agnes Calpin, who died 28/5/1907, aged 27.

William served in the Royal Naval Reserve. He sailed out of Lowestoft Naval Base on HMT BenArdna, Minesweeper number 289 as chief petty officer (second Hand). William died of drowning after having to jump into the sea in the Downs off Dover when HMT Ben Ardna sank following an explosion, presumed to be the result of hitting a mine. He was 35 years old.


Drowned in The Downs (off Dover) 8/8/15 while on HM Service