Herbert Cecil (Harry) BROWN


BROWN, Herbert Cecil (Harry)

Service Number: 1110
Enlisted: 16 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Terowie, South Australia, 28 July 1896
Home Town: Wallaroo, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Wallaroo
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Crepey Wood, France, 10 August 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery
Plot VII, Row G, Grave 12
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Wallaroo WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1110, 10th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville, South Australia
27 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1110, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1110, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1110, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1110, 10th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Rootsweb D: I286452 Birth Record: 28 July 1896 in Terowie, South Australia

Father Albert Edward Brown, Wallaroo, SA (d.30/12/1931 67yrs)
Mother Alice Bertha Brown (d. 27/4/1900 33yrs) both buried in Wallaroo Cemetery

Cousin:   Private 3786 - Harold Roy CLIFT
              50th Battalion
              22/7/1917 returned to Australia, onboard HT 71 Nestor, from England
              16/3/1974  passed away in Rockhampton QLD (85yrs of age)

Uncle:     Private 3787 - Walter John CLIFT
              50th Battalion
              16/8/1916  killed in action - on same day and location as Clarence
              Commemorated on the Australian Memorial, Villers-Brettoneux, Pozieres, France

Cousin:   Brother: Private 3788 - Clarence Alfred CLIFT
              50th Battalion
              16/8/1916 killed in action - on same day and location as uncle Walter
              Commemorated on the Australian Memorial, Villers-Brettoneux, Pozieres, France

Previous service:   2yrs Senior Cadets

11/8/1914    lived at Port Pirie, SA

Described on enlisting as 19yrs 2mths old; single; 5' 9" tall; 148 lbs;
healthy complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England

16/9/1914     enlisted as a Lance Corporal, Morphettville Camp

7/12/1914     embarked from Port of Melbourne, VIC, onboard HMAT Themistocles
                    10th Infantry Battalion, 1st reinforcements

2/3/1915       embarked onboard Ionian to join Mediterannean Expeditionary Forces
                    Gallipoli, ANZAC

11/10/1915   promoted to Lance Corporal, Gallipoli

27/3/1916     proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, Alexandria
                    embarked onboard Saxonia
3/4/1916       disembarked into Marseilles, France

19/7/1916     promoted to Temporary Corporal, France

1/8/1916       promoted to Corporal

7/8/1916       promoted to Sergeant in 10th Battalion

15/4/1917     gun shot wound right arm, wounded in action, France
                    admitted to 37th Ambuland
16/4/1917     admitted to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, France
17/4/1917     transferred to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, France
22/4/1917     noted as dangerously ill

2/5/1917       embarked onboard HS Aberdonian to England
4/5/1917       admitted to Northampton War Hospital,
                    gun shot wound right arm and back (severe)

27/8/1917     granted leave in England
10/9/1917     returned to Depot, Weymouth
14/9/1917     marched out to Com Depot, Codford
6/9/1917       marched out to overseas Training Brigade, Perham Downs
23/11/1917    proceeded overseas to France, ex Longbridge, Deverill
24/11/1917    marched in ex England, into Havre, France
30/11/1917    rejoined unit

20/2/1918     trench fever, admitted to hospital
5/3/1918       discharged to Brigade Depot
10/4/1918     marched out to unit
11/4/1918     rejoined unit in the field, France

25/5/1918     proceeded to School, in the field
7/6/1918       rejoined unit

30/6/1918     detached for temporary duty with 40th British Division
19/7/1918     rejoined 10th Battalion

10/8/1918    killed in action, France
buried in:      Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France
                   Plot VII, Row G, Grave 12

Commemorated in Wallaroo Cemetery, South Australia with his parents graves.

His name is commemorated on Panel 58 at the Australian War Memorial,
Canberra, ACT.

Medals:         1914/15 Star (2409); British War medal (5856); Victory medal (5835)
                    Memorial Plaque and Scroll (350309)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  14/5/2016.  Lest we forget.


Biography contributed by Helen Harrington

Another cousin of Harry Brown also enlisted and lost his life in battle in France. Corporal Lawrence Victor Brown was born in Jamestown, South Australia 9-2-1891. He was killed in action 20-8-1916. Cpl L. V. Brown service number 2788 of the 9/10th battalion is interred in the courcelette British Cemetery. Lawrence was the youngest son of Thomas and Frances Brown.