Roy Brown

Roy Brown (1920 - 2011)

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Roy Brown
Born in Charlton, Woolwich, Kent, Englandmap
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Brother of , , [private sister (1920s - unknown)] and
Husband of — married in Erith Kentmap
Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Father of [private daughter (1940s - unknown)] and
Died in Leominster, Herefordshire, Englandmap
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Categories: Charlton, Kent | English Librarians.


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Roy Brown was born in Kent, England.
1939 Brown Household (7 People) 15 Sandhurst Road , Bexley M.B., Kent, England
Donald J Brown 13 Sep 1924 Male None Yet Single 157 5
John P Brown 14 Jan 1895 Male Manager Tobacco Warehouse Co-Op S Married 157 1
Lily E Brown 24 Jun 1896 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 157 2
Joyce I McIlroy (Brown) 18 Nov 1916 Male Clerk Grocery Warehouse Office Co - Op Single 157 3
Plus three closed records including Roy.
1943 - 1948 librarian living at 28 Dorset Avenue Welling
1948 - 1949 librarian living at Penge Road Anerley SE London
1949 - 1957 librarian living at 67 Woodlands Road Gillingham Kent
1957 - 1961 living at 60 Springcroft Hartley Dartford Kent
1961 - 1966 Librarian living at 45 Lowfield Road Anlaby Hull E. Yorkshire
1966 - 1982 librarian living at Perks Lane Prestwood Gt. Missenden Bucks
1982 - 1998 living in New Radnor Powys
1998 - 2011 living in Hereford

Roy Brown was born in the Charlton area of Kent in 1920 and was educated at Dartford Grammar School. From there he joined Erith Library as a library assistant in 1937. This is where he met his future wife Agnes May, known as May, who also worked as a library assistant.

During the war he was a conscientious objector and was imprisoned in Wormwood Scrubs for several months. Upon release he joined Civil Defence, and worked on the roof of a tall building plotting bombs as they fell on Souh-east London. Two children were born during this time, Elizabeth in 1944 and Christine in 1945. Once the war was over he went back to Librarianship at Erith. He quickly passed the exam to become an Associate of the Library Association, and moved to Gillingham, Kent, to become Deputy Borough Librarian. While there he became a Fellow of the Library Association, which enabled his move to become Chief Librarian of the South Audley Street, Victoria Library in London, and then the Buckingham Palace Road Library. In 1961 he moved to Kingston-upon-Hull as Deputy Librarian but hankered after a move back to London. In 1966 he was appointed Deputy City Librarian at Westminster, retiring in 1980. After retirement he went on a number of missions for the British Council, to Africa and Europe, talking about libraries, social inclusion and careers in Librarianship. When May also retired he and May moved to the Welsh Borders where for a few years they were able to indulge their love of walking, music and reading. By 1987 May was diagnosed with cancer, from which she died early in 1989.

Roy passed away in January 2011. The ashes of both May and Roy are scattered in Harley Valley, New Radnor, Powys, a place where they loved to walk, near their last home together.

From The Guardian March 28 2011

Funeral: Date: 27 Jan 2011 Place: Hereford


  • Birth Jun 1920 Brown Roy Henwood Woolwich 1d 2595 (Born 2 May 1920 at the British Hospital, Wood St. Woolwich, father John Percival Brown, mother Lily Ethel, formerly Henwood, Father Clerk, Cooperative Society of 112A Chestnut Road Plumstead - certificate held.)
  • Marriage Jun 1942 Bancroft Agnes M Brown Dartford 2a 2730 Brown Roy Bancroft Dartford 2a 2730 (!6th May 1942, Roy Brown, 22, Air Raid Warden, of 15 Sandhurst Road Bexley Kent, Father John Percival Brown, Tobacco Dept. manager, Spouse Agnes May Bancroft, Library Assistant of 18 West St Erith, father John Walter Bancroft, Engineer's fitter - certificate held)
  • Marriage Name: Roy Brown Date of Registration: Apr 1992 Registration district: Radnorshire East Spouse: Eithne A Kipper Volume Number: 26 Page Number: 161

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    Roy Brown on his 90th birthday
    Roy Brown on his 90th birthday

    John Percival Brown with Joyce, Roy and Donald
    John Percival Brown with Joyce, Roy and Donald

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    Roy Brown Image 4

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    John Dunkin Historial Society at Dartford Grammar School

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