William Edward BROWN DCM & Bar, MM

BROWN, William Edward

Service Numbers: 2779, Officer
Enlisted: 10 May 1916
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Cairns, Cairns, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
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World War 1 Service

10 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
27 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Brisbane
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion, Messines
19 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion
5 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre
1 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2779, 47th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux
28 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2779, 46th Infantry Battalion
24 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2779, 45th Infantry Battalion
29 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 45th Infantry Battalion
23 Dec 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 45th Infantry Battalion

Military Medal Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations East of WYTCHAETE August 7th - 16th 1917. This soldier displayed exceptional courage and endurance during his Company's tour in the line under adverse weather conditions, volunteering for all phases of work, and when his Company was relieved he remained on and acted as Scout N.C.O., for the new Company.' Second entry reads: 'At VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on 1st May, 1918, he displayed consummate bravery and disregard of danger in directing the advance of the Battalion under heavy machine gun fire. When one Sector was opposed he went to its assistance with revolver and grenades and succeeding in diverting the attack, causing casualties. His presence in the line is a powerful tonic to men in the vicinity and he is a monument of courage. he made a particularly dangerous reconnaissance of enemy Posts gaining valuable information.

Date of recommendation: 06 May 1918

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Bar to Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As scout sergeant he did splendid work, crawling through a barrage across "No Man's Land" to find out the enemy's intentions. He took a Lewis gun with him, and used it to advantage. During three and a half hours of attack he was indefatigable, collecting information, sniping, and bringing up ammunition.

Date of recommendation: 08 April 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in commanding his platoon with skill and ability during an attack when most of his officers and non-commissioned officers had become casualties. He established his platoon on a defensive position on the flank, and repelled a hostile counter attack, inspiring all ranks by his fine example.

Date of recommendation: 14 June 1917

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