The Western Front

The Life and Death of a British Officer

Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown

Page 1 - Press Report of Eric's death.

A famous Association footballer, Capt. O. E. Wreford Brown, of the Northumerland Fusiliers, has succumbed to wounds recieved.

JULY 1915

Page 2 - Leaving Winchester for the front.

Sunday, July 11th, 1915.  This is to wish you goodbye. I fancy it is really right that we start away on Thurs. 15th.

Page 3 - Arriving in France.

Saturday July 17th . Have arrived. Nearly sick ! Doing well.

Page 4 - To the front.

July 20th. I hear this evening we move tomorrow - shall soon be in a hot corner.

Page 5 - For the trenches.

On Friday 23rd heard my platoon and self were for the trenches; it had rained very hard all night.

Page 6 - Being shelled.

My own feelings surprised me as I never once felt nervous though I did instinctively duck once as we went in, a bullet fizzing around rather adjacent.

Page 7 - Men very cheerful.

Our company was for the trenches tonight. I had lain down for a little rest, but your letters and parcels have just come in, so I shall proceed to acknowledge the same. The paper block is excellent etc. I should be fond of a small parcel weekly.