Biography of Corporal Sidney Brown MM (28091)
11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment
Formerly 1st and 12th East Yorkshire Regiment and
23227 Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 8th September 1918


  • Name: Sidney Brown
  • Date of birth: 1897
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1897
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: Seth Ellingworth Brown
  • DOB: 1851
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Labourer and fellmonger

  • Name: Martha Knight
  • DOB: 1859
  • Place Of Birth: Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England
  • Marriage: 1879 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • George Arthur Brown, 1879, Bourne
  • Louisa Brown, 1881, Bourne
  • Bertha Brown, 1882, Bourne
  • Albert Henry Brown, 1884, Bourne
  • Walter Edward Brown, 1886, Bourne (Died 1886)
  • Phoebe Brown, 1887, Bourne
  • Walter Edwin Brown, 1889, Bourne
  • Olive Brown, 1890, Bourne
  • Rose Brown, 1892, Bourne
  • Seth Leonard Brown, 1895, Bourne
  • Sidney Brown, 1897, Bourne
  • Percy Brown, 1899, Bourne
  • Martha Brown, 1904, Bourne (Died 1904)
  • Plus 1 more whose name is unknown taken from the 1911 census

  • 1901: Sidney is living with his parents at Eastgate, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Sidney is living with his parents at Eastgate, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 14 and he is listed as apprentice grocer.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for Sidney has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Leeds Mercury Tuesday 27th March 1917
    Brown (28091) S., Bourne


  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph Tuesday 27th March 1917
    E. YORKS.
    Brown (28091), S. (Bourne)


  • The Times Tuesday 27th March 1917
    E. YORKS. R.
    Brown, 28091 S. (Bourne)


  • Leeds Mercury Wednesday 18th April 1917
    28091 Pte. S. Brown, East Yorks. Regt.


  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph Wednesday 18th April 1917
    Military Medal
    His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the under-mentioned non-commissioned officers and men:-
    28091 Pte. S. Brown, E York. R.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 16th February 1918
    ANOTHER MEDAL – Pte. Sidney Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Seth E. Brown, of Eastgate, tells his parents, in a letter dated Feb. 10th, that he has been awarded another French Medal, this time the Croix de Guerre. Sincere congratulations to our young townsman and his parents.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 21st September 1918
    KILLED IN ACTION – Mr. and Mrs Seth Brown, of Eastgate, Bourne, have just received news from the Chaplain of the regiment that their son, Lance Corpl. Sidney Brown, of the East Yorks. regiment, has been killed in action. Deceased, who was holder of the Military Medal, had been twice previously wounded. His death resulted from a machine-gun bullet in the recent advance.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Corporal Sidney Brown, 28091, 11th Bn Eat Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action on 8th September 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Father Seth E


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal
  • Military Medal
  • Croix de Guerre


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
  • Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Corporal Sidney Brown, 28091, 11th Bn., East Yorkshire Regiment who died on 8 September 1918 Age 21
  • Son of Seth E. and Martha Brown, of 40, Eastgate, Bourne, Lincs.
  • Remembered with honour, Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck
  • Grave II. S. 4.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Bourne, Lincolnshire on 31st January 1916 in the Lincolnshire regiment 23227
  • Transferred to 11th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment 12th October 1916
  • Promoted Corporal on the 5th September 1918
  • Died of gun shoot wound to the scalp and neck


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