Brown George Anthony L/Cpl 6516416

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Personnel Entry

L/Cpl Brown's CWGC headstone.
L/Cpl Brown's CWGC headstone.

Name Brown George Anthony
Army number 6516416
Rank L/Cpl
Date of birth Born in Southwark, West London, in 1912.
Age 27
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Re-enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry 6/7/1931, T, 4 yrs, Aged 27. Posted ? 8th Bn DLI. Posted 11th Bn DLI - probably 1/9/1939. Served BEF. KILLED in ACTION 20/5/40 with 11th Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade Probably 1/9/1939.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action 20-May-40
Home address Resident of County Durham. No family information as yet. Buried Plot 8 Row H Grave 14 BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, Ficheux.
Source table 11DLI

There appear to be discrepancies over the age recorded in respect of Pte G A Brown at various stages. If the family history research results are correct, then he would have been 18 or 19 when he re-enlisted in the DLI in 1931, and not the 27 shown in the Enlistment Book. If that was the case, it suggests he was possibly under age when he joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment - unless that was on "boy service" - perhaps as a Drummer/Bugler, although we don't know the dates of that service. CWGC shows him as 27 at the time of his death which, if he was born in mid-late 1912, would have been correct.