BROWN, Frank

Service Number: 2807
Enlisted: 14 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Parkside, South Australia, 1 March 1892
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Unley Public School
Occupation: Labourer (S.A.R.)
Died: Died of Wounds, Pozieres, France, 25 August 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery
Grave Reference: III. E. 28. , Puchevillers British Cemetery, Puchevillers, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Black Forest Parkside West Methodist Church and School Roll of Honor WW1, Kilburn Islington Railway Workshops Honour Roll, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

14 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2807, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2807, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
25 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2807, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Chile Skedgwell

Frank Brown (2807) was born in Unley, South Australia on March the 1st 1892. He was the son of Thomas and Ruth Brown and the youngest of three children. Before the war, Frank worked at the Islington Railway Workshops, which was the main transport hub for all South Australians for many years. He was dearly appreciated by his fellow workmates in the Islington workshops and when they heard that he was enlisting for the military they held a farewell for him.

Frank Brown enlisted for the war on the 14th of June 1915 while his brother, William enlisted a year after on the 16th of May 1916. Frank was 23 when he was first enlisted, and he was appointed to serve in the 10th Battalion. The 10th Battalion travelled across the seas to many different countries and it was involved in establishing and defending the front line.

Frank, unfortunately, died in hospital from wounds on the 25th of August 1916 at the age of 23.

Frank is buried in the Puchevillers British Cemetery, grave no. 28, France. He received a few medals including the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medal.





Son of Thomas BROWN and Ruth nee PINNEGAR


The employees of the wood machine shop, Islington, assembled during luncheon hour on Wednesday to bid farewell to their fellow shopmate Private Frank Brown, who has enlisted for service in the 10th Battalion Reinforcements. Mr. Bradshaw presided over the gathering, and in a brief speech mentioned the courage and pluck of Private Brown, and felt sure he would worthily uphold the reputation of the famous 10th. Mr. Skewes (foreman) was asked by the men to present on their behalf an alarm wristlet watch, and in doing so said he had known Private Brown from infancy, and felt sure he would do his utmost to uphold the traditions of the Empire. The situation called for many more such men as the guest who were willing to offer themselves as a sacrifice for King and country. Private Brown thanked his fellow shopmates for their present and good wishes, and hoped when the job was over to again join the ranks of the shop. "God Save the King" was heartily rendered by all present." - from the Adelaide Mail 17 Jul 1915 (


News has been received that Private Frank Brown has died of wounds in France. He was 23 years of age, and was the third son of Mr. Thomas Brown, formerly of Cambridge-terrace, New Parkside, and now of Berri. He left Adelaide on September 20 last year. Prior to enlisting he worked at the Islington workshops, where he was highly esteemed by his fellow workmen. His eldest brother, Private William Brown, is now on his way to the front." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 14 Oct 1916 (