Thomas Brown, the hero of the Battle of Dettingen , which was fought in Bavaria during the Wars of Austrian Succession, was born at Kirkleatham. In June 1743, the King’s Own Dragoons, in which Brown was a trumpeter, formed part of the force led by King George II, the last English monarch to be actively involved in a battle. The French had captured the regimental standard and Brown retrieved it unaided, sustaining serious injuries in the process. He was rewarded with an annual pension and subsequently retired to Yarm, where he died in 1746.

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