b. 07/05/1900 Edinburgh, Scotland. d. 01/12/1977 West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 10/01/1947 West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland.
He was 46 years old and working as an Overman at the Burngrange Shale Mine when firedamp ignited by an acetylene cap lamp exploded, starting fires which spread rapidly. Brown proceeded with a fireman to explore the narrow workings where men were trapped. At first they made good progress but increasingly dense smoke compelled them to withdraw. Brown then made another attempt, alone. He got as far as Number 3 Dockhead, where he shouted but got no response and could see no signs of life, smoke forcing him to withdraw again. The conditions were getting worse all the time and Overman Brown sent word explaining the position to the manager, who was dealing with the fires elsewhere, and asking for breathing apparatus. He then set out himself to find out the source of the smoke. He was met by members of the NFS and pleaded to be permitted the use of breathing apparatus so he and a trained member of the Burngrange Mines Rescue Team could make another attempt to get into the workings beyond Number 3 Dockhead. He made two more attempts with breathing apparatus but was forced back each time by the intense heat. It took 4 days to bring the fires under control and only then was it possible to send a rescue team beyond the fire area. 14 out of the 15 dead were found in Number 3 Dock.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: WITH RECIPIENT'S FAMILY.
BURIAL PLACE: BURNGRANGE CEMETERY, WEST CALDER, MIDLOTHIAN, SCOTLAND