Private Jonathan Brown (1883-1966)

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Jonathan was born in Molescroft on 23 August 1883, the youngest of eight children born to David and Mary Lizzie Brown (nee Danby).
Between 1902 and 1905 he served in the regular army as a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. Considered by his officers as being of "very good military character" he then spent nine years in the Reserve before being recalled to service on 5 August 1914.
In 1 April 1915 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "for gallant conduct on many occasions in conveying messages whilst exposed to heavy fire". On the 23 November 1915 he was discharged from the army unfit for further service. He then returned to Beverley and on 27 November 1915, at the Minster, he was presented with his DCM by Col Conran, commanding 17th Regimental District. He was also awarded the 1914 Star and the War and Victory Medals.
In 1939 he was a "club steward" and lived in Beverley along with his sister, Emma.
At the age of 83 Jonathan died on 26 March 1966 in Hull

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