Memorial: Robert Phorson Brown

No evidence of a Dalmeny connection found as yet but we believe this to be the correct person.

Private Robert Phorson Brown, of 14th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps,was born in 1895 in Edinburgh.

The Field Ambulance was a mobile front line medical unit. Most came under command of a Division, and had special responsibility for the care of casualties of one of the Brigades in the Division. Each Division had three Field Ambulances. The theoretical capacity of the Field Ambulance was 150 casualties, but in battle many would simply be overwhelmed by numbers. 

The Second Battle of Ypres was a battle of the First World War fought for control of the strategic Flemish town of Ypres in Western Belgium. It marked the first mass use by Germany of poison gas on the Western Front. 

Robert was killed on 19th May 1915 aged 20, during this battle. He is buried in Grave Ref:  11.L.35. Perth Cemetery, (China Wall), West Vlaanderen, Belgium and was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

He is wrongly recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as Robert Polson Brown. (Birth Certificate says Robert Phorson Brown).

 

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