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Name: Norman Leslie BROWN
Casualty No.: Ranks: Fusilier Initials: N L Service No.: 4264268
Date of Birth : 23/10/1906 Place of Birth : Northumberland. Age at Death: 37
Unit: 1st Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newburn Drill Hall, Newburn on Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 117 Cross Row, Addison Colliery, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner (pumpman) at Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 27th May 1944
Place of Death: Italy
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Italy Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 4
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Thomas H. and Sarah Jane Brown, of 96 Cross Row, Addison Colliery, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Charlotte Brown, of 117 Cross Row, Addison Colliery, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother of Harold B Brown, of Birmingham, and Georgina A Ripley, of Hookergate, Rowlands Gill, Co. Durham. Sons: Norman and Thomas.
Notes : Norman enlisted as a Territorial in the Northumberland Fusiliers on 24th March 1925, at Newburn Drill Hall. When war broke out he enlisted in the same Drill Hall for war service, 2nd September 1939. He had promised to take his son Thomas to see Newcastle United play at home, but that never happened as he was shipped overseas. Up until the time of his death he had served at Dunkirk, North Africa, Tunis, Sardinia and Corsica. A popular member of the local community, Norman was formerly involved with the Addison Male Voice Choir, as were other members of the family. He was also chorister and soloist at St Hilda's Church, Hedgefield. He was also connected with the Boys' Brigade and the Church Lads Brigade at Blaydon.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour 1939-45. Newcastle Evening Chronicle, North East Roll of Honour, 20th June 1944.
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