Captain A. Roy Brown, D.S.C. 1893-1944

Victor in aerial combat over Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the First World War's leading fighter pilot and German national hero, Arthur Roy Brown was born at Carleton Place. In 1915 he qualified as a civilian pilot and was commissioned in the Royal Naval Air Service. In the thick of vicious air fighting in 1917-18, Brown is credited with at least 12 enemy planes, earning the Distinguished Service Cross and Bar. Though the Canadian's downing of Richthofen was contested by Australian ground gunners, the official award was given to Captain Brown. Overcoming severe war injuries, he returned to civilian life and later organized an air transport company which served in Northern Ontario and Quebec.


In Memorial Park, Franklin and Beckwith streets, Carleton Place

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Lanark

Municipality: Town of Carleton Place