Jarvis Harry BROWN

Badge Number: S18465, Sub Branch: Goodwood / Wayville

BROWN, Jarvis Harry

Service Number: 2882
Enlisted: 31 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Pirie, SA, 12 November 1883
Home Town: Forestville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Baker
Died: Springbank, SA, 22 January 1961, aged 77 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Anglican Row BV Grave 15
Memorials: Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial (Ballarat), Port Broughton War Memorial, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

31 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2882, 50th Infantry Battalion
6 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2882, 50th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
10 Jun 1917: Imprisoned Interred at Dulmen Germany
21 Dec 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion, Repatriated to Australia

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Jarvis Harry Brown was the son of Harry and Elvina Jane Brown who owned a baker’s shop in McKay Street, Port Broughton. Edward was born at Port Pirie in 1883. He married Nellie Adelaide Miller in 1912 and when he enlisted on 31 March 1916 he and Nellie had 3 children. Jarvis was a baker by trade.

Jarvis was appointed to 5th Reinforcements 50 Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A19 “Afric” on 7 November 1916 and disembarked at Plymouth on 9 January 1917. He proceeded overseas to France on 10 April 1917 and five days later was taken on strength of 50 battalion which was resting at Becourt Camp near Albert.

On 10 June,  during the attack on Messines, Jarvis was captured by the Germans and interned at Dulman in Germany.


Mrs J. H. Brown of Forestville (late of Port Broughton) has been notified that her husband (Private J. K. Brown) has been missing since June 10. Private J. K. Brown is one of four sons of the late Mr. E. J. Brown, who are now at the front – one having been wounded, one gassed, and one missing. The above are the sons of Mr. E. J. Brown, who for a number of years was employed as clerk at Dunn’s Mill.

Port Pirie Recorder and North Western Mail, Wednesday 11 July 1917

 Jarvis was repatriated and returned to England on 7 December 1918. He embarked on 18 January 1919 aboard HMAT A 38 “Ulysses” and disembarked in Adelaide on 1 March . Jarvis was discharged on 17 April 1919.