Arthur George Henry BROWN
Originally from Eccleston, by 1911 Arthur was living with parents George & Sara Ann at Palatine Cottages, Rainhill Road along with siblings Walter, Frederick, Horatio, Magdaline & Phyllis Bessie.
In 1914 Arthur (a coal miner) married Mary Atherton at Christ Church, Eccleston.
At the outbreak of war Arthur enlisted in Bury (it is not known why) as soldier 3465 but was sadly 'killed in action' on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916, aged 23.
His name is on the Brass Plaque in St. Ann’s Church and on the War Memorial in the churchyard.
At a special ceremony at the Warrington Road Cenotaph on Sunday 3rd July 2016, Rainhill village dedicated a new plaque bearing the names of 17 men with Rainhill connections who perished during WW1. These men's histories were found during Rainhill Civic Society's research. Rainhill Parish Council funded the plaque and organised the ceremony with Rainhill Civic Society, our local Churches and the Royal British Legion. Arthur George Henry Brown is one of those names.
Arthur is also commemorated at Thiepval War Memorial.
Acknowledgement: St.Helens Rolls of Honour