Ernest Samuel BROWN MID

BROWN, Ernest Samuel

Service Number: Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, 12 September 1875
Home Town: Haberfield, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Newcastle Public School and the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Beach Cemetery - ANZAC Cove
Plot 11, Row E, Grave 6 Chaplain Rev. J.M. McPhee officiated Headstone inscription reads: For King and Country he laid down his life
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, Commissioned Officer, 3rd Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, Commissioned Officer, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, Commissioned Officer, 3rd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '7' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Euripides embarkation_ship_number: A14 public_note: ''
1 Jan 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Major, 3rd Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1915: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, ANZAC / Gallipoli, For actions of conspicuous gallantry and valuable service Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 28 October 1915, page 2736, position 28 London Gazette on 5 August 1915, page 7668, position 26
5 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Promoted when transferred to the 2nd Battalion to take charge
5 May 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Transferred from the 3rd Battalion
7 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, Remained on duty
19 Jul 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Transferred back from the 2nd Battalion
3 Aug 1915: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, ANZAC / Gallipoli, Second occasion. For conspicuous and valuable service in early August 1915 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 6 April 1916, page 861, position 121 London Gazette on 28 January 1916, page 1208, position 39
6 Aug 1915: Involvement 3rd Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Ernest Samuel and Alison Brown.

Husband of Hannah Brown nee Burgess of 'Royston', Helen Street, Artamon, NSW formerly of Parramatta Road, Haberfield, NSW. Ernest and Hannah were married during 1898 in the Paddington district. Father of Ivy May Brown and Ernest Roy Brown

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Prior to enlisting for War duties his promotions were:-

1 April 1910 to Lieutenant

1 July 1912 to Captain

Biography contributed by Michael Silver

The Sydney Morning Herald on 20 August 1915 reported the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Samuel Brown at Gallipoli on August 6. Lieut.-Col Brown was 39 years of age. He had previously been wounded in the neck, shoulder, and forearm, but refused to leave the firing line.

He came out to Australia when only three years of age, with his parents, who had resided in Yorkshire. When 19 years of age he joined the R.A.G.A. as a gunner, and rose to the rank of company sergeant-major, and was placed on the instruction staff at Victoria Barracks. He was appointed second lieutenant in April, 1910, full lieutenant the same year; captain (temporary) in 1911 and substantive in 1912. He was on the instruction staff, 2nd Military District from April 1, 1910, to June 30, 1913; Brigade-Major, 8th Brigade area and Brigade-Major of the 8th Infantry from July 1, 1913.

He held the diploma of Military Science, and left here as Captain with the 3rd Battalion, receiving his step as Major while in Egypt, and subsequently being promoted Lieutenant-Colonel. On the death of Lieut.-Col. Braund, Lieut-Col. Brown was given command of the 2nd Battalion.

Lieut-Col. Brown leaves a widow, and a son and daughter, who reside at Royston, Parramatta Road, Haberfield.