30/11/1915- To 37 Depot Company as Private
16/12/1915- To 28th Battalion 9th Reinforcements
2/04/1916- Transferred 51st Battalion Tel-el-Kebir ex No. 7 Training Battalion Zeitoun Egypt
12/06/1916- Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria
14/08/1916- Wounded in Action France ( Shell Wound Left Hand )
16/08/1916- Admitted 1st Canadian General Hospital Etaples France
24/08/1916- Evacuated/Admitted Military Hospital York England ex Calais France
21/09/1916- To No. 1 Command Depot Perham Downs England ex Hospital
22/09/1916- Granted Leave England
31/12/1916- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Folkestone ex Perham Downs
19/01/1917- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Base Depot
12/10/1917- KILLED  IN  ACTION  Zonnebeke,Belgium

 

REPORTS OF SOLDIER’S DEATH

Informant – McCARTHY, Cpl. F, 3585 – 51st Battalion AIF ” We were just coming back from Reserves to fetch rations up, when a shell landed on the road killing BROWN outright, who was next man to me, I was wounded at the same time. I was leading the party. I do not know where he is buried “.

 

Informant – REED, Pte. J.R, 3438 – 51st Battalion – AIF – ” I knew BROWN for 7 months, he was a tall and big built man, dark, about 29. He was an old 11th Battalion man, came from Western Australia, was a good sport, and known as ” BROWNY “. On the 12th October at Ypres near Zonnebeke the Battalion was in action. BROWN was a Machine Gunner at the time and went on a ration party. He was in the Sunken Road when I saw a shell fall and ten went down, two were killed and eight wounded. I saw BROWN killed outright. All his back was shot away. We had to scatter then but came back and put the wounded in shell holes, got the stretcher bearers and helped with the wounded. A burial party went up that night from our own Company, and Brown was buried where he fell. I saw a Battalion Cross erected on the grave “.

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

British War Medal – No. 32768

Victory Medal – No. 32543

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 337282.

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Noggerup War Memorial WA

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 152

Menin Gate Memorial Ieper Belgium.