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James John BROWN

c 1912

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4 Jun 1889 Deri 
(J/1889, Merthyr T., 11a, 549) (Free BMD)


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2 Jun 1914 
Tabernacle Deri Newydd, Gelligaer, Merthyr Tydfil
(J/1914, Merthyr T., 11a, 1546) (Free BMD)

spouse Mary Jane MORRIS

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30 May 1952 

buried Gelligaer Cemetery, Mid Glamorgan (CG-K)


1891 census  5, Jenkins Row, Ysgwyddgwyn, Gelligaer
1901 census  3, Deri Newydd, Gelligaer
census1911 census  23, Cambrian Street, Deri, Gelligaer

2 Jun 1914  23, Cambrian Street, Deri (locate CF81 9HD on Multimap)

census1939 register  11, Glynmarch Street, Deri, Gelligaer


2 Jun 1914 Colliery Blacksmith 

29 Sep 1939 School Cleaner (1939 register)

School Caretaker

Other information

in 1903 at the age of 14, traveling home from work in the pits, James and some other lads were larking about when James fell out of the open truck and under the wheels. As a result of this accident, he lost the lower part of his leg. For years afterwards, he could still feel pain in his missing toes and ankle.

Initially, James had an iron leg fitted, and many years later (after the war), he went to Roehampton (the place where Leonard Cheshire got his new legs). There. he had a plastic leg fitted and stood there and cried because it was so light.

James John was an accomplished baritone, singing as "James Darran Brown". He was also a Deacon and Lay Preacher in the Welsh Methodist Church

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