Walter BROWN

BROWN, Walter

Service Number: 1228
Enlisted: 11 June 1915, 9th Reinforcements
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Adelong, New South Wales, Australia, 1877
Home Town: Randwick, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Saddler
Died: Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, 31 August 1931, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Rookwood Baptist Section K Grave 1048
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World War 1 Service

11 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Trooper, 1228, 7th Light Horse Regiment, 9th Reinforcements
30 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, 1228, 7th Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Argyllshire embarkation_ship_number: A8 public_note: ''
30 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, 1228, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
23 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion
19 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
26 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, 2nd Australian Machine Gun Squadron

World War 2 Service

27 Jun 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 1228, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, per HT Madras ex Kantara

World War 1 Service

3 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, 1228, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Walter was the seventh of eight children of Charles Brown (born 1833 in Obo, Finland) and Margaret Wetherell Woodward (born 1840 in Warwickshire, England). Charles, a Miner, and Margaret married in Tumut NSW in 1863 and lived in Gundagai before settling with their family in Adelong in NSW.

Walter was working as a Saddler when he married Clara Ellen Powell (born 1874 in Adelong, NSW) in 1896 in Adelong NSW. Walter and Clara had three children and in 1902 Walter left for Sydney, NSW and a Warrant was issued for desertion of his family.

Walter was in Randwick, NSW in 1915 when he enlisted in the AIF as a Private (Service No: 1228). While there is no record of a second marriage for Walter, a Mrs L Wilden of Geelong, Victoria wrote several times to AIF HQ requesting information about him.

Walter died in Randwick, NSW in 1931