Tom Browns Tree, Kirkleatham

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The oak tree replaces an older elm which was planted in 1755 in the memory of Tom Brown, apparently marking the site of his fathers cottage.
Tom Browns Tree, Kirkleatham
Tom Brown was born in Kirkleatham in 1705, he is known for his role in the Battle of Dettingen which took place on 27 June 1743 in Bavaria during the War of the Austrian Succession.
Tom Browns Tree, Kirkleatham
His regiments standard was captured and while recovering it he received terrible injuries to his face including his nose being cut off. He is said to have been given a silver nose by King George II.
He retired to Yarm with a pension of 30 shillings from the King, as two shots from the battle could not be safely removed from his back, he died there in 1746.

Some account state he was knighted on the battle field by the king although this could be doubtful, as could the date of his birth, there some investigation on this here

Update 2013 : Located a photo of the damaged original


2 thoughts on “Tom Browns Tree, Kirkleatham

  1. Hi. I am a direct ancestor of Tom Brown of Kirkleatham and I am looking for more information on him. I can however confirm that he was indeed knighted by King George II as the photo is in the possession of the family as is the sword that he was knighted with.

    Any information that anyone has will be gratefully received

    Thank you

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