BROWN, Thomas William T W
1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Son of Emma Metham of 1 Bridge Inn Yard, Thorngate, Barnard Castle
28th Mar 1918
Killed in Action
Prior to the war Thomas had worked in the shoe thread factory.
He died in one of the great battles of the Somme, in a letter to Thomas' mother, Lieutenant Robinson wrote:
'Your boy did extraordinarily well in all the week's fighting up to the time he fell . He absolutely refused to surrender in one instance, when both flanks had given way. Of his party , at that time , only his officer and himself got away unscathed. I have recommended him for a decoration in connection wit h that incident, but I fear that his subsequent death has disqualified him, which seems very hard. We all know what he did , however, and you may rest assured that his fine example will not be forgotten. I recommended your boy for his first stripe quite recently, and events have proved that the confidence we always felt in him was entirely justified. Al l the company feel his loss most deeply, and on their behalf I should like to offer you heartfelt sympathy.