Frank Grierson BROWN


BROWN, Frank Grierson

Service Numbers: 910, 281
Enlisted: 11 August 1914, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Regimental Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Toowoomba, Qld., 1894
Home Town: Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 Honour Board, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 In Memoriam Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St. Luke's Church "Brown" Memorial Plaque, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial), Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Orderly Room Sergeant, SN 910, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Sydney, NSW
19 Aug 1914: Involvement SN 910, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, Battle for Pozières
19 Aug 1914: Embarked SN 910, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
7 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, SN 281, 26th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Qld.
5 Aug 1916: Involvement SN 281, 26th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William Grierson Brown and Lily Emma Brown (nee Cook), of Augustus St., Toowong, Queensland.

Mr. W. G. Brown (sheep expert in the Department of Agriculture and Stock), yesterday received the sad intelligence that his second remaining son, Sergeant-major Frank Brown,  was killed in action in France recently. The deceased soldier, who was 20 years of age, was one of the first to enlist in Australia, and was a member of the party that took Rabaul.  Later on he went to Galllpoli, and subsequently proceeded with the A.I.F. to France His brother, Private W. R. G. Brown, was killed in action in France on August 5.

The sad news of the death of Staff Sergt. Major Frank G. Brown, second son of Mr. W. G. Brown, sheep expert to the Department of Agriculture, was received last night. Only a  few weeks ago the news of the death of Mr and Mrs. Brown's eldest son, Pte. W. G. Brown, was received, and now comes the news of the death of the remaining son. Staff Sergt.- Major Frank Brown was a native of Toowoomba, and was for some years a member of the staff of Messrs. McPhie, and Co., Toowoomba. He first saw active service in New Guinea, his good work winning for him promotion. Upon his return he voluntered for service abroad, and has been in France for some time. Like his brother, Pte Brown, Frank was a steady and very trustworthy lad, and was a general favourite. The blow to Mr. and Mrs. Brown is indeed sad. Their only two sons have been offered up for the Empire, and for  those who remain and seek to benefit by the actions of these gallant lads. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Brown, and they are many, will extend to them their heartfelt sympathy, in  this their second bereavement and in their now childless state.