Private William Brown

Private William Brown

On 10 March 1916, the West Lothian Courier reported:

Official news has just been received by Mr and Mrs Wm. Brown, Bellona Terrace, Fauldhouse, that their son, Pte. Wm. Brown, 1/5th Royal Scots, who was previously reported wounded and missing since 28th June, 1915, at the Dardanelles, has been killed in action on that date. Pte. Brown who was 30 years of age, was very well known in the village. He was for many years employed as a postman in Fauldhouse, at which time he was a prominent member of the 'F' Coy., 1/10th R.S. About 7 years ago he was transferred to the G.P.O. in Edinburgh, at which time he joined the 1/5th Royal Scots.

Pte. Brown was in the employ of the G.P.O. at the outbreak of the war, and was immediately called up at the mobilisation of the Forces. He subsequently went to the Dardanelles with his regiment. Outside the village Pte. Brown was better known as W.B. Wyllie, under which name he secured more than local fame as a distance runner. He won many prizes at local and surrounding sports meetings, and also was a well known figure in distance events on the Powderhall Track.

Pte. Brown will be mourned by the many friends he had amongst Scottish pedestrians, and many will miss his genial personality. Mr and Mrs Brown have another son serving with the Forces at the present time, Quartermaster Sergeant L. Brown, 2/10th R.S., stationed at Berwick-on-Tweed.  Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.

William Brown’s younger brother Lawrence (Lawrie) was never stationed abroad and survived the war.

©1914-18: Fauldhouse Remembers Group

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Private William Brown, Fauldhouse athlete and postman (courtesy of Renee Adamson).
Sergeant Lawrence Brown, younger brother of William Brown (courtesy of Renee Adamson)