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Albert Victor Brown 1901 - 1976.
Victor Brown joined the Navy and served on HMS SOBO which was used as a torpedo depot ship supplying submarines at Scapa Flow in Scotland. Victor's service record shows his correct day of birth but the year of birth is 1899, not 1901. We know he was serving in 1917, when he was just 16 years old.A Merchant Seaman's Record shows Victor as Able Seaman on NALDERA 9 July 1921. NALDERA was a P&O liner, built in 1920.
After the war Victor married Violet Elsie Cottee on 21 Dec 1926 and their son Derek Brown was born in 1927. Victor was in business as a garage proprietor at Tiptree. In the middle 1920s he moved into operating buses and coaches and by 1930 he had put together a network of services around Essex. His fleet consisted of Chevrolet, Bedford, REO and Gilford saloons and he established the Bluebird bus service from Station Road Tiptree. Victor died on 21 December 1976 age 75.
For more on Victor and his family see Mersea Browns in WW1 (new window).
Postcard from Victor's granddaughter.
Photo: Mersea Museum - Andrew Brown Collection
Image ID ABR_WW1_021
Category 1 War-->World War 1
This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.