Reginald Brown was obviously something of a star student. I have just found another one of his essays printed in the Hampton Hill Parish magazine.
In 1921 Reginald who is described as being aged ten, wrote about the British Empire.
Some interesting quotes from Reggie Brown.
It has been the common fate of Empires, when they have reached the summit of their power, to totter and fall..
But the British Empire will never fall as long as her people remain firm and true, so huge are her dominions..
From Canada, Australia and New Zealand, troops came to the mother country’s aid, and we have to thank them for the service they rendered in the last great war. Not one of our colonies would turn away from England, for their people are allowed to live freely.
The full essay by Reggie Brown is available here
This is a window on the world of 1919 through the eyes of a child.
My attempt to discover more about Reggie Brown, has been ongoing. I worked out his parents and his date of birth. However my browsing of military records has proved fruitless.
Trying to locate the newspaper articles about John Panton today, I came across the following essay from a boy called Reggie Brown. He was born in 1910. I think it illustrates my point about including those who are not directly related in your family story. The teacher to whom I do happen to be related, actually kept this her entire life.
Written 27th March, 1919
When I am a man I will be a sailor and go to France, Spain, Russia, Denmark and Austria. I will go on a boat called the ?(I cannot read this) or in a tin fish. If there are any mines about I will steer away.
Perhaps we will land at Japan. I will work my way to lieutenant then to captain then to admiral of the fleet.
And fire off the gun and sink the ships and win the Victoria Cross and be one of the King’s heroes.
From your loving pupil
As far as I am aware I am totally unrelated to Reggie Brown but this has not stopped me putting him in my tree and trying to discover the details of his life.
Perhaps one day somebody will discover his writing on my tree and be able to tell me whether any of his childhood dreams came true. History does teach us that he may well have had the chance to fight for his country.
I should add that I am continuing to research Reggie Brown and I have reached out to some of his relatives on Ancestry. I await a response.