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Private William Ollie Brown
Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Regimental # 4170
Donated by Linda C. Bell

William Ollie Brown
Draft: 18
Enlistment Date: Nov 5, 1917
Age on Enlistment: 19-1/2
Next of Kin: Jas. W. Brown (Father)
Address: Burin Bay, Newfoundland

Services in the field:

BEF (British Expeditionary Force) - Draft 48 - Embarked 2/7/1918

Service details:

2/7/1918 Embarked British Expeditionary Force
5/7/1918 Disembarked France
9/7/1918 Joined battalion in the field
14/10/1918 Wounded (gsw, left knee), France
16/10/1918 Admitted 55 General Hospital Boulogne
27/10/1918 Transferred to England per "H/S --------"
27/10/1918 Admitted 3rd London General Hospital
7/12/1918 Discharged 3rd London General Hospital
8/12/1918 Posted to H Company, 2nd Bn. Winchester
12/12/1918 Repatriated per "SS Corsican" from Tilbury to St. John's, Newfoundland
21/12/1918 Attached to strength, St. John's, Newfoundland
12/2/1919 Discharged, St. John's (demobilization)


William Ollie Brown, Regimental Number 4170, enlisted in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment on November 5, 1917, at 19 and a half years of age. He served with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), embarking for France on July 2, 1918. He arrived in France on July 5, joining the Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st battalion in the field by July 9.

On September 20, 1918, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment arrived in the front line trenches at Ypres. As a part of the final offensive, the Regiment would be engaged in two more major battles before the end of the war, suffering many casualties in the fighting. The first engagement occurred at Ypres from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 1918, and the second occurred at Courtrai from Oct. 14-Oct. 19, 1918.

William was wounded in the Battle of Courtrai on October 14, 1918 near Ledeghem, Belgium. He was admitted to 55 General Hospital at Boulogne, France on October 16, and transferred to England by hospital ship, being admitted October 27 to the 3rd London General Hospital for approximately 5-1/2 weeks. William was discharged from the 3rd London General Hospital on December 7, and posted to H Company, 2nd battalion at Winchester for immediate repatriation to Newfoundland. He embarked at Tilbury aboard the "SS Corsican" on December 12, arriving St. John's, Newfoundland December 21.
William was honourably discharged at St. John's on February 12, 1919

Photos of William's comrades in arms. The attached photos were in an old box which once belonged to my Grandfather William O. Brown .Reg.#4170

Unfortunately Wm.O. Brown's picture was not with the others, I would like to share these with others. I would be happy to send a copy to any family descendant.
Hopefully someone may know which Platoon the men belonged to, which could lead to a picture of William O. Brown. # 4170.

Also any writing on the reverse in ink , is mine. Please contact me if you have any information. Linda Bell

Joe Pike, St. Lawrence, # 4161 Daniel Anderson, Summerside, Bay Of Islands, # 4160 Herbert Peyton, Botwood.

#4193 Pte Walter Studley, Jersey Harbour

# 3037 Private B. Hammen, C.L.B. Armoury, Highfield Regiment, St. John's.
I am sending you another sketch of my face hoping you will like it all right.

# 4243 Lance Corporal Willis Soper, Lady Cove, Trinity Bay.

Unknown members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment

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