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Frederick Edmund Brown (1887-1951)

Frederick Edmund Brown was born at Earby near Colne in Lancashire. After working for a short time as a pupil teacher, he studied at a college in Glasgow preparatory to joining the China Inland Mission. In the event, Brown was prevented by the outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion from working in China and he instead offered for the Wesleyan ministry in 1904. He served for three years in the Hyderabad District of India and in 1907 was appointed to the garrison in Gibraltar.

Brown served as a chaplain during World War 1. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and was also mentioned in despatches. In 1921 he served in the Hartlepool circuit but was then selected to return to chaplaincy work in Gibraltar. He remained there for the rest of his life and was a well-known and respected figure. His funeral was attended by the Governor of Gibraltar as well as representatives of the armed forces, the civilian population and other denominations.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1952 and Methodist Recorder Dec.20 1951

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