George Brown

Airman 1st Class 78600 George Brown 22nd Squadron Royal Flying Corps born in 1895, at Belper, his birth was registered in December, 1895, this indicates he was probably born during the last few months of the year as the births were listed quarterly,

This information is from "The Sky Their Battlefield" by Henshaw. ‘On Sunday 19th August 1917 Bristol F2b, 22 Squadron, shot up, AG.1AM G Brown WIA, head‘.

George died of bullet wounds to the head 2 days later on Tuesday 21st August 1917 aged 21. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission erred in listing his rank he was in fact an Air Mechanic, 1st Class, not Airman a rank which came later after the RAF was created. (Air Mechanic First Class was a catch all rank: it included fitters, carpenters, etc as well as observers and air gunners). He is buried in the Coxyde (now Koksijde) Military Cemetery Belgium. No. 22 Squadron was formed at Fort Grange, Gosport, on 1 September 1915 and departed for France seven months later with twelve FE2B two-seat pusher biplanes. These outdated aircraft were used for a year on reconnaissance tasks.

George enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifles in July 1915 and was wounded at Ypres a few months later recovering after eight weeks in the Wharncliffe Hospital Sheffield. On his return to France he was transferred to the Royal Flying Corp. He was the son of Edwin Brown a School Attendance Officer and Elizabeth Brown, of 5 Short Street, Belper. Prior to enlisting George worked at the Denby Hall Colliery Marehay.











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