Death of Lowell Sedgwick Brown

Siblings Mazie & Lowell Brown
Siblings Mazie & Lowell Brown

Lowell Sedgwick Brown was born 29 October 1896 in Morris County, New Jersey. His sister, Mazie Tremaine Brown Bryan, was my husband’s great-grandmother. I have not heard any family stories about Lowell, so what is pieced together here is only from government and personal documents. He died in the Second Battle of the Marne in France on 18 July 1918. He lived a short 21 ½ years.

brown-lowell-uniformLowell enlisted 05 October 1917, Private First Class in Company A of the 6th Regiment Engineers, 3rd Division, transferred overseas in December and served just a little over 7 months before being killed in battle.

brown-lowell-letters-1918Just a couple weeks before this battle, he sent this letter home to his parents. (You can click on the image to get a PDF with all the contents of this letter, plus an earlier letter and the first page of a letter from what might be his commanding officer.)

Apparently Lowell’s remains were buried in France, as there are records showing he was re-interred several years later on 21 October  1921, just a week or so short of what would have been his 25th birthday. The images below are from that service. Lowell was buried in his hometown of Easton, PA.

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