John Anderson BROWN


BROWN, John Anderson

Service Number: 5048
Enlisted: 27 September 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Swanpool, Victoria, July 1894
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

27 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5048, 8th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5048, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Melbourne
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5048, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jun 1916: Promoted Sergeant, 8th Infantry Battalion
4 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 8th Infantry Battalion
1 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 8th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 5048, 8th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Capt Percy Lay MC, DCM, MM, 8th Battalion, A Coy commented in his diary on 20th September, 1917 that the 8th Battalion lost a number of officers and "...we lost a few slashing good NCO’s ...  Sgt John Brown."