Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Robert Brown

10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers) Regimental Number 22345
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry

Name commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme, France. Name also inscribed on St Columb's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War, and on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Mary Jane Brown, 13, Fountain Place, Londonderry. Husband of Jessie Brown, 32, Fountain Place, Londonderry.

Private Brown's brother, John, also of the Derry Volunteers, died, on July 2, 1916, of wounds received in action. Another brother, James Brown, served at the Front with the Inniskillings.

Private Robert Brown went missing on July 1, 1916, and about one year later it was officially reported to his family that he was killed on that date. Around that time his wife and three children placed the following lines in a Londonderry newspaper:

'Weary and long have we waited

For his coming, but all in vain;

Asking ourselves this hopeless question,

Will he ever return again?

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

Leave our soldier daddy sleeping.'