1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918

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Early Life :

Undergraduate at Downing College at Cambridge University (1910)

Military :


Unit :Not Yet Known 
Attached : 
Action :Gallipoli 

Detail :

Ian Macdonald Brown was the youngest son of Dr John Macdonald Brown, M.D. and his wife Caroline Helen, of Upper Berkeley Street, London. He was born in Edinburgh in 1889 and attended St Paul's School in London. He came up to Downing in 1907 and was an active member of College, playing rugby, rowing and also joining the Debating and Music Societies. He appears in the Rowing Trials photograph in Michaelmas 1907 and is recorded as a Cox in the Scratch Fours winning crew ("Victorious Four") in the same Term. In his performances for the Music Society he was noted to have a 'great voice' and received 'enthusiastic encores'.1 Macdonald Brown took his B.A. (Natural Sciences) in 1910 and M.A. in 1914. After continuing his medical studies at the University of Edinburgh, he entered the London Hospital in 1911, taking the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in July 1914.2 One of the first of many who volunteered once war was declared, Macdonald Brown was given a commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps and sent to Gallipoli in June 1915, although he was invalided later in August 1915. On return to the Front, he acted as a surgeon, first to the New Zealand Division and subsequently to the 190th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and Captain. He was killed whilst attending the sick and wounded under fire near Ypres, Flanders, on 15th November 1916, age 28, leaving a wife, Dora (née Humphries), and an infant son. His Colonel wrote: "We are so sorry to lose him as we liked him so much, and he was such a good man at his profession, and is a very great loss to us".3

He is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot L. 14).

Sources: 1. The Griffin, Lent 1909 (p.27) and Michaelmas 1916 (p.27-28) 2. Editorial Notes. Casualties. Edinburgh Medical Journal 18 (January) 1917, p.2 3. The London Hospital Gazette, 1917 Issue 193 (January), p.400

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The Gallipoli Campaign was fought on the Gallipoli peninsula 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916. in a failed attempt to defeat Turkey by seizing the Dardanelles and capturing Istanbul. Ill-conceived and planned, the initial effort by the Royal Navy failed to force passage through the Dardanelles by sea power alone. It was then realised that a land force was needed to support the project by suppressing the Turkish mobile artillery batteries. By the time all was ready the Turks were well aware and well prepared. Despite amazing heroics on the day of the landings only minor beachheads were achieved and over the succeeding 8 months little progress was made. Eventually the beachheads were evacuated in a series of successful ruses.

Despite Gallipoli rightly becoming a national source of pride to Australians and New Zealanders, far more British casualties were sustained, and these days the substantial French contribution is almost forgotten.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Isaac Newton University No. 859 E.C.Cambridgeshire
Joined : Royal London Hospital No. 2845 E.C. London

1st March 1910
26th April 1910
31st May 1910

Initiated into Isaac Newton University Lodge No. 859. Joined the London Hospital Lodge No. 2845 on the 13th December 1911. His father was a member of the same Lodge. He was recorded as "Killed in Action" against both Lodges.

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