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Leonard Ferris Brown (Service no. 51259) was a First World War soldier wih links to Hornby

Pte. L.F. Brown of Hornby. Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918. AWMMLeonard, known as Len, was born 15 October 1888 at Templeton, the fourth son of  William and Mary Ann Brown of 112 Shand’s Track, Hornby.

He attended Hornby School and later worked at the New Zealand Refrigerating Co. at Islington and then with Messrs Borthwick at Belfast as a meat grader.

At the time of enlisting he was 28 years, 4 months old and was 5 ft 10 in tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark hair.

Leonard enlisted and was assigned to the 27th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company. He embarked with his unit on board the Tahiti on 13 June 1917, arriving in Devonport and marched into Sling Camp on 19 October 1917. He left for the fighting on 24 September 1917. Initially with the 3rd Battalion he later transferred to the 2nd on 9 February 1918. 

He was killed in action on 2 July 1918 as the New Zealand forces went back into the line, occupying trenches in front of the town of Hébuterne.

He is buried in Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Leonard is remembered on the Hornby War Memorial.


Related resources

  • Online cenotaph record for Leonard Brown. Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Leonard Brown's military personnel file. Archives New Zealand (Archway)



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Leonard Ferris Brown

First Names:Leonard Ferris
Last Name:Brown
Place of Birth:Templeton, New Zealand