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Anthony was the eldest of William and Catherine Brown's four children. He was baptised on 28th December 1880 at St Peter & St Paul's Church. Anthony was a pupil in Worthing, then at Uppingham School from September 1894 to August 1900. At Uppingham he was Captain of the School in his final two years and was captain of the hockey XI in 1900. He was a boarder in Highfield and a school exhibitioner. He earned a £40 entrance scholarship for Classics when he was admitted to Gonville and Caius College in 1900. He graduated with a first class B A in 1903 and M A in 1907.
After leaving Gonville and Caius, Anthony became a schoolmaster at Trinity College, Glenalmond for four years. He was master of the classical remove, president of the games committee and, in 1906 he took over the command of the school Cadet Corps. In 1908, he returned to Uppingham for two years as an assistant master. Whilst there, he was a Lieutenant, then a Captain, in the 4th Leicestershire Territorial Regiment.
On 15th January 1906 he was admitted into the Freedom of the City of London, by patrimony, in the Company of Fishmongers.
He was appointed Rector of Michaelhouse School, Pietermaritzburg, Natal in 1910 and arrived at the school in January 1911. He found the school was dwindling and financially precarious but that did not deter him and the school started to grow under his leadership. The Michaelhouse records indicate that he was a very happy choice of headmaster and did much to help with the school's precarious finances at the time. He gave a post matriculation bursary and also, unbeknownst to the governors, subsidised the salary of the Bursar. He encouraged reading and supported the library, he encouraged boxing and ‘the use of fists in a just quarrel' and he encouraged societies like the Natural History Society.
In July 1915, the governors allowed Anthony to return to England to join the army. In September he was gazetted a Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade special reserve. He returned to Glenalmond for a couple of days in September to encourage others to answer the call to arms. By April 1916, he was in France and was killed at the Battle of the Somme at Guillemont on the 18th August 1916. He was sitting on the parapet of a front-line trench near, directing improvements, when a sniper shot him and he was killed instantly.
Anthony's brother Harold also died.
In 2012 Cordwalles Preparatory School, a new feeder school for Michaelhouse, named its Boarding House Anthony Brown House.
Thank you to Uppinham School, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and Michaelhouse School for their assistance.
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