Alfred Brown (Private No. 11811) - 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards4th (Later 1st) Guards Brigade - Guards Division
|Artillery Wood Cemetery|
All Battalions suffered heavy casualties throughout the war. Accurate figures for the losses suffered by the Grenadiers are not easily available, but it may be instructive to look at a similar unit, the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. They served alongside the 2nd Grenadier s, marched away from Windsor barracks on August 15th 1914 at full strength of approximately 1000 men. When they returned in 1919 only 15 soldiers remained of the original Battalion.
Alf was buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery at Boesinghe north of Ypres, Belgium. The cemetery was first used by the Guards after the Pilkem Ridge battle on July 31st 1917. It continued to be used until March 1918. There are 1295 recorded burials in the cemetery, 1243 of them being from the U.K., 40 Canadian and Newfoundlanders and the others from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
This is an extract from Their Names Shall Be Carved in Stone
and published here with grateful thanks to the author Frank Bond.
Alfred Brown: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission page.
Alfred Brown: The For King & Country page.
Alfred Brown: Lives of the First World War.
The Eton Wick War Memorial page on Buckinghamshire Remembers website
Graves Registration Report - CWGC
Burial Returns - CWGC
Comprehensive Report of