Brown, Angus George Steel

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Angus George Steel Brown
Died 8 August 1944
Place of burial Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Lieutenant
Awards MiD
Lieutenant Angus George Steel Brown ( - 8 August 1944) was a Canadian soldier who served with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals during the Second World War.

Early Life

Service

Lt Brown was killed 8 August 1944 when USA bombers mistakenly struck Canadians. He was inside his armoured vehicle with his two operators, Sigmn Clark and Sigmn Fisher when a bomb landed beside the vehicle, destroying it and killing all three.

Mentioned in Despatches

Lt Brown was recognized with a Mentioned in Despatches. A letter[1] outlines the circumstances.

On 28 Jul 44 at HQ RCA 3 Cdn Inf div the m/n officer showed great coolness and courage under heavy shellfire. A 3-ton vehicle cooks lorry received a direct hit from the first shell and immediately caught fire. Lt. Brown immediately proceeded to the vehicle and found a 15 cwt GS stores lorry standing close by and also caught fire. He got in the second burning vehicle and drove it away from the three tonner enabling the fire in the 15 cwt to be extinguished. Immediately after this he heard that someone was in the cooks truck unconscious, he went right into the body of the cooks truck which by this time was nothing less than an inferno of fire and exploding small arms ammunition and recovered the dead body of L/Bdr Robinson.
While proceeding to get a key to move the staff car which was also in danger a further shell landed within a few feet of him seriously wounding at least for men. The shellfire continued and Lt. Brown applied all the shell dressings he could find to the men who were wounded and went to the office of the A.D.M.S. for stretchers, finding none available, he returned with hypodermics for the wounded.
He then assisted in the evacuation of the wounded using table tops carried on the bonnet of a 8 cwt vehicle.
It is recommended that some recognition be made of this gallantry and devotion to duty.

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References

  1. 3 Divisional Signals War Diary - July 1944 - Appendix 12.