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Gananoque in Leeds and Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Private John Henry (Harry) Brown

Victoria Cross

 

—Born Gananoque 9 May 1898
Died of wounds 17 August 1917, age 19 —

 
Private John Henry (Harry) Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, October 14, 2015
1. Private John Henry (Harry) Brown Marker
Inscription.
John Henry Brown enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 18 August 1916 and reported to the 10th battalion in France in late June 1917.
On 15 August his unit captured Hill 70, just east of Vimy Ridge. But on 16 August it was counter-attacked repeatedly. Private Brown delivered a vital message through an intense enemy artillery barrage despite having an arm almost torn off. The message saved the lives of many comrades. But Private Brown died of his wounds the next day. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery in the British Commonwealth. Only 94 Canadians have earned it since it was created in 1856.

They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we will remember them.

 
Location. 44° 19.712′ N, 76° 9.878′ W. Marker is in Gananoque, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville Counties. Marker is on King Street East (Ontario Route 2) 0.2 kilometers west of Stone Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located on the front lawn of the Gananoque Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario K7G 1E9, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Wideview of Private John Henry (Harry) Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, October 14, 2015
2. Wideview of Private John Henry (Harry) Brown Marker
markers are within 27 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gananoque Town Hall (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Joel Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Raid on Gananoque (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Gananoque (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); War of 1812-1814 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Elizabeth Rabb Beatty (approx. 14.7 kilometers away); World War II Memorial (approx. 26 kilometers away in the U.S.); Hollenbeck • Mein • Handley Memorials (approx. 26 kilometers away in the U.S.). Click for a list of all markers in Gananoque.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 141 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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