Captain Richard A. Brown, MC
SAC 1908-1914

Captain Richard Austin Brown, MCCaptain Richard Austin Brown was born on October 21, 1896 in Toronto Ontario, the son of T. Albert & Jennie Brown. He attended Rosedale Public School, Toronto followed by St. Andrew's from 1908 to 1914 during which time he was a member of the cadet corps. On November 20, 1913, he won the cross country run and in the spring of 1914 he was the winner of the senior championship.

Brown then attended University College, Toronto (University of Toronto) from 1914 to 1915 where he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, received Second Rugby colours, and was a Corporal in the Canadian Officer Training Corps (COTC).

On July 6, 1915 he joined the 58th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Niagara at which time he indicated that he was a student and belonged to the Active Militia although no unit was indicated. He joined the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) of the Central Ontario Regiment in France in November 1915 and in the following months served in the Ploegsteert-St Eloi-Ypres area. He was wounded at Zillbeke and returned home for a while on leave, rejoining his battalion in October.

He won the Military Cross for his actions as a Lieutenant at Vimy Ridge on April 9th, 1917 (see below). He served through the fighting of that summer before Lens and at Hill 70, however he was mortally wounded in the head while in command of his company on November 9, 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele and died of his wounds on November 14th.

He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave Reference: XXII. DD. 7.), not far from his fellow Andrean and Highlander, Maurice Malone.

  • Link to scanned copy of his Attestation Papers.
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for R. A. Brown. This page includes a link to his commemoration on Page 208 of the First World War Book of Remembrance
  • The 15th Battalion War Diary except describing their participation in the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917.
  • The 15th Battalion War Diary excerpt describing Brown's wounding on November 9, 1917.
Military Cross
Military Cross 
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of the Company during the advance, and led his men with great ability. He was instrumental in knocking an enemy machine gun out which was causing casualties." 
MC Citation, London Gazette, July 26, 1917; Canada Gazette August 26, 1917 P641