The Western Front

The Life and Death of a British Officer

Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown


Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown, of the Northumberland Fusiliers, who died of wounds on July 7, was the sixth son of the late William and Mrs Wreford Brown, of Litfield Place, Clifton, Bristol.


He was educated at Waynflete and at Charterhouse, where he was a member of both cricket and football elevens, and was captain of the former in 1896. He afterwards played cricket for the Old Carthusians and Free Foresters, and occasionally for Gloucestershire. He played football for the Old Carthusians and the Corinthians, and played for England against Germany in 1899.


He became a member of the London Stock Exchange after leaving Charterhouse.


He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers as a lieutenant in November, 1914, and was promoted captain in 1915.

The Times


During his time in Belgium and France, Eric Wreford Brown wrote to his sister Mabel,  in Bristol.


He knew that she was copying extracts of these letters into a notebook that would provide a reminder of his service days.


On Eric’s death, Mabel completed the notebook and included correspondence  from those who had known or fought with her brother.

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