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“Tragic Loss: Gunner Edward Brown of Limerick City Artillery Militia”

In the autumn of 1900, a sombre cloud of mourning descended upon the Limerick City Artillery Militia as they faced the devastating loss of one of their own – Gunner Edward Brown. This heartbreaking incident, involving a fatal accident on the London and Tilbury Company’s railway line, not only left a void in the regiment but also cast a shadow over the entire community. As we delve into this poignant story, we remember the life and sacrifice of Gunner Edward Brown.

The Fateful Journey Home

Gunner Edward Brown, a dedicated member of the Limerick City Artillery Militia, had been serving his country diligently. On the day tragedy struck, he was returning to his regimental camp at Coal House Fort. Little did he know that this journey would be his last.

A Fatal Encounter

The fatal accident occurred near the Low Street railway station when Gunner Brown was struck by the buffer of a passing train from the London and Tilbury Company’s railway line. The impact was swift and merciless, resulting in his instant and tragic death. It was a scene of unimaginable horror for all who bore witness to the heart-wrenching incident.

The Coroner’s Inquiry

In the aftermath of the tragedy, a coroner’s jury conducted a thorough investigation at West Tilbury. Their objective was to shed light on the circumstances surrounding Gunner Brown’s untimely demise. After careful consideration of the evidence, they arrived at a verdict of ‘Accidental Death,’ acknowledging the unforeseeable nature of the incident.

A Farewell to a Comrade

Gunner Edward Brown’s regiment faced a poignant farewell as they moved to Garrison Point Fort without their fallen comrade. His body was brought to Sheerness for burial in the Isle of Sheppey Cemetery, a final resting place for a soldier who had given his life in service to his country.

Honouring a Hero

The farewell procession for Gunner Edward Brown was a testament to the deep respect and gratitude felt by his fellow officers and men. His coffin was covered with the Union Jack, symbolizing his dedication to his nation. Adorned with wreaths sent by his comrades, the display of grief was both heartfelt and profound.

The Last Note of Tribute

As the procession made its way to the burial site, the regimental band played the “Dead March” from “Saul.” It was a haunting and poignant melody that resonated with all present, paying tribute to a fallen hero who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

Remembering Gunner Edward Brown

Gunner Edward Brown was more than just a soldier; he was a 28-year-old gas fitter from Limerick. His service in the Limerick City Artillery Militia was a testament to his dedication to both his community and his nation. He leaves behind a wife and two children, a family forever changed by the tragic loss of their beloved husband and father.

The tragic accident that claimed the life of Gunner Edward Brown serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by individuals in service to their country. His story is one of honour, duty, and the profound sense of loss experienced by a community and a family. As we remember Gunner Edward Brown, we pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in the line of duty, and we honour the unwavering commitment of servicemen and women who dedicate themselves to the protection and well-being of their fellow citizens.

Sheerness Guardian and East Kent Advertiser – Saturday 13 October 1900