Brown, John Rankine

John Brown was born on 4th April 1886 in Glasgow, the son of Rev. John Brown, a Minister of the Church of Scotland. After attending Glasgow High School and Glasgow University, he matriculated in 1905 at Balliol and secured a 1st class BA in Litterae Humaniores (Classics). He was elected a probationary Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History at Pembroke on 13th Oct 1911 and was admitted as an actual Tutorial Fellow on the 16th of the same month. A Captain with the 7th battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, he served in the Gallipoli campaign and died on 23rd April 1917, aged 31, of wounds received on 21st April during the Battle of Gaza. He is buried at the Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine.

In his will, Brown left £200 to the College to endow the R.W. Sterling Prize "in memory of a beloved pupil", for books, to be given to the undergraduate of Pembroke who writes the best collection paper in Literae Humaniores. Robert William Sterling had been killed in action on 23rd April 1915, aged 21.