Private Herbert Brownlee


Herbert Brownlee was born on 20 April 1896 at Coolyermer, Letterbreen, Co. Fermanagh, son of farmer Christopher Brownlee and his wife Margaret (nee Waterson).

The third man to enlist in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron (No.UD/3) on 2 October 1914, he embarked for France with the squadron on 5 October 1915.

In June 1916 the squadron became part of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. On 20 September 1917 Brownlee was transferred to the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers when the regiment was dismounted and absorbed into that battalion (No.41100). He was posted to A Company.

Brownlee was captured on 27 March 1918 at 'Archan' (Erches?) during the retreat from St Quentin. He was held at camps in Darmstadt and Giessen.

On 26 March 1919, following his repatriation, he was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.


See also the page on Private James Frazer Johnston.