Robert Brown  

Servicenumber : 3192267
Rank : Private
Regiment : King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit : 7th (Airborne) Battalion
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 25
Grave : Plot 25. Row A. Grave 17.
Robert Brown was a son of Richard and Agnes Nairn Brown. He lived in Morecambe, Lancashire.
He served with No 6 Platoon B Company. He was a Light Machine Gunner. 
Robert N. Sigmond wrote about Brown in his book Off at Last (page 81): 'Private Alfred Phillips went to Company Headquarters for further instructions and waited there for some time, returning to the Platoon with the order to withdraw immediately. We got out hurriedly and were told to rendezvous at the railway. There was some excitement in the wood caused by an enemy section which had broken through and was attempting to disorganize the withdrawal. They succeeded to some extent. Lance-Corporal Leonard Plummer and Private Robert Brown fought a rearguard action with a Bren gun and were afterwards reported as having been killed."
At that time B Company was protecting the west and south side of Landing Zone L, near Johannahoeve, where Polish gliders landed. During and after that landing the 4th Parachute Brigade withdrew to the south side of the railway at and near Wolfheze. B Company was given the task to cover the retreat of the rest of the 7th Battalion KOSB.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Brown was given a field burial beside Amsterdamseweg, west of the La Cabine Pumping Station.
Picture: 23-09-2012
Sources: Website CWGC, Roll of Honour and Off at Last

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