The Western Front

The Life and Death of a British Officer

Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown

The Letters of Lieutenant J N Wreford Brown 12th Div. 9th Battalion Essex Regiment.

The opinion out here is the Boche offensive will not come off or at any rate not on the Western Front, but I think it will and he will try 5 or 6 small attacks …….

Feb 17th, 1918  (nr Neuve Chapelle).

J.N. Wreford Borwn

In the letters he describes his treatment in England and his work in the army dealing with

demobilisation after the war.


For learners studying the Weimar Republic there is a very useful first hand description of conditions in Hamburg in 1919.


A transcript of the letters can be downloaded HERE (Word format).

The letters of J N Wreford Brown or Rowley as he was known to the family.


Like those of his two brothers, they had been copied into a notebook by his sister. Unlike the previous collections, the letters of Rowley are incomplete and only cover his war service from 1917 onwards.


They offer a fascinating description of the later stages of the war.


Rowley was injured and sent back to England for treatment in 1918.

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