Lance Serjeant 1145 9th Bn., Royal Fusiliers who died on Sunday 2 July 1916 . Age 19 . Son of John and Mary Ann Browning, of 22, Beach St., Bare, Morecambe. Native of Morecambe, Lancs.
Buried BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILE WOOD Somme, France III. F. 6
Inscription on his grave - "HE DIED FOR US HE LOVED". See CWGC entry.
The Visitor of Feb 1915 ran an article about the Brownings. Their grandfather had fought in the Peninsular Wars; a brother was with the Canadian contingent and a nephew, Edgar Leach of the Manchester Regt was also serving.
A report on his death. Lt Fipot wrote; "It is my unpleasant task to tell you that your son died of wounds. It is impossible to find words; we will miss him in the platoon.
He was hit by a sniper and on the way to the Dressing Station was hit by a shell. He was a great soldier, a jolly fellow who was quite fearless." Three brothers also serving including