Hurst-Brown, Dudley


Youngest son of William Hurst-Brown of 62 Oxford Gardens, London and Ethel Mary, nee Coles. An elder brother was Kenneth (formerly Alfred) Hurst-Brown (F1906-1911) but illness prevented him from serving in the First World War. A third brother, who went to Westminster, was Cecil, killed in action at Loos in September 1915.

Hurst-Brown came to Winchester from Cordwalles School in Maidenhead and served in the OTC. He had intended to go up to Oxford in the autumn of 1914 and to enter the Army through the University, but on the outbreak of war he immediately volunteered. However, he was only 16 years old at the time and the Army was slow to process his application, prompting his father to write to the Director of Military Training at the War Office to speed his application. He was eventually posted to the 1st Reserve Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He went to France at the beginning of 1915, and saw five months’ heavy fighting, being involved in preparations for the operation known as First Bellewaarde on 16th June 1915 and shelling enemy positions on Hill 60 and “The Caterpillar”.

He died of wounds sustained at Dickebusch, in the Ypres Salient, on June 15th 1915, a few days after his eighteenth birthday. Reports at the time stated that he had been wounded on June 15th, but the unit war diary makes it clear that he was “very dangerously wounded” on 13th June. In a letter written shortly before his death, Hurst-Brown stated that he was glad that he was at the front, despite the ferocity of the fighting, but did not expect to survive.

 

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hurst-Brown
  • Forenames or initials: Dudley
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1911-1914
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 8th June 1897
  • Date of Death: 15th June 1915
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave E. 4.