Brown, Jacob Levern (Lavern): Service no. 124733

Digitized Service Records

Canadian Great War Project


Jacob Lavern Brown Reg 124733

Find-A-Grave: note this soldier is listed here as Jacob LEVERN Brown.

Brother of John Sidney Brown, 124740. Lavern Jacob Brown served with his brother in the 18th Battalion and fought at the Battle of Fler-Courcelette. After the battle Jacob Lavern Brown had the sad duty of searching the battlefield and aid stations for his brother John. His brother was never found and is memorialized at Vimy.

Vern, his brother searched for him at aid stations and around the battlefield hoping to find him alive but nothing was ever found of him after the morning of the 15 Sept, 1916. He was first listed as missing, then listed as killed in action a short time later. Official records list him KIA.  “

Possible Roots Web Entry pertaining to Jacob Lavern Brown:

007663/15 (Lambton Co) Harry Young WILLIAMS, 29, farmer, Warwick, Warwick, s/o John Young WILLIAMS & Martha PHILLIPS, married Rosa Melinda BROWN, 24, Watford, Watford, d/o Jacob BROWN & Christina SMITH, witn: William A. WILLIAMS of Arkona Ont. & Sadie M. LOGAN of Watford Ont., 3 November 1915, Watford

Jacob Lavern Brown survived the war.

Photographs and obituary with permission from family member.

Summary of Service[i] for Private Jacob Lavern Brown, reg. no. 124733

April 28, 1895BornBorn at Watford, Ontario to Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Brown.
April 5, 1916EnlistsEnlists at London, Ontario with the 70th Battalion. He is 21-years old and stands 5’6.5” tall. With a chest of 34” with a 5” expansion. He weighs 123 lbs. He is a machinist and has no prior military experience. He has a fair complexion, gray eyes, and light brown hair. He practices the Baptist or Congregationalist faith and has designated his father as his next-of-kin. Present address is 503 Christena Street, Sarnia, Ontario. He is assigned to “C” Company.
May 1, 1916Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to his mother.
April 24, 1916Units Sales 
May 5, 1916Arrives EnglandArrives England aboard the SS Lapland.
July 6, 1916TransferredTransferred and TOS to the 39th Battalion at West Sandling.
July 28, 1916SOS and TransferredSOS and Transferred to the 18th Battalion.
July 29, 1916Arrives 18th BattalionArrives “in the field”. The Battalion is in the line.
September 15, 1916Brother KIA and Promoted CorporalHis brother, Private John Sidney Brown, is killed while serving with the 18th Battalion.
April 25, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to 4th CFA due to a debility. Transferred same day to 13 FA Imperial.
June 4, 1917Medical BoardDiagnosed with DHA.
June 11, 1917Classified by Medical BoardClassified PB.
July 6, 1917Temporary AttachedTemporarily attached to No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot.
August 27, 1917TransferredTransferred to No. 13 FA, Imperial.
October 19, 1917Re-ClassifiedRe-classified from PB to A.
December 19, 1917TransferredTransferred to No. 12 CFA.
December 22, 1917TransferredTransferred to No. 10 CCS.
March 12, 1918Proceeded to Escort DutyProceeded to escort duty with 29th Battalion.
March 19, 1918Classified Classified by Medical Board B2.
March 24, 1918SOS and TransferredSOS 18th Battalion and TOS to No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot.
March 25, 1918Appointed SergeantAppointed Sergeant with pay. A card indicates an address in Sarnia at 222 Front Street North.
April 20, 1918Relinquishes AppointmentReverts to the ranks as a Private.
April 21, 1918ArrivesNo. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot.
May 9, 1918TOSTOS with 23rd Company, CFC.
May 12, 1918ArrivesArrives 23rd Company, CFC.
August 21, 1918Granted LeaveGranted 14-days leave to England.
September 9, 1918Returns from Leave 
December 12, 1918To Hospital 
January 5, 1919Returned from Hospital 
January 15, 1919TransferredTransferred to 34th Company, CFC.
January 31, 1919SOS for DemobilizationSOS for demobilization to the CFC Field Depot, Sunningdall.
February 1, 1919SOSSOS from 34th Company, CFC to BDCFC.
February 21, 1919DiagnosedDiagnosed with DAH.
February 21, 1919Dental Examination 
February 24, 1919Medical ExamIssue relating to cardio-vascular health. Reported as appearing “emaciated”.
March 1, 1919SOSSOS to CCC at Kinmel Park, Seaford, England.
March 3, 1919EmbarksEmbarks SS Celtic at Liverpool.
March 13, 1919SOS to Canada 
May 14, 1919Medical ExamCough and expectorant in the morning. Tires easily.
May 27, 1919DischargedDischarged at London, Ontario. His proposed residence is at Watford, Ontario.
June 26, 1920MarriesMarries Hilda Spittlehouse.
1971DiesDies and is buried at Carling Cemetery, Carling, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DHADisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.


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