Horace William BROWN

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BROWN, Horace William

Service Number: 5975
Enlisted: 5 April 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Chewton, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Chewton, Mount Alexander, Victoria
Schooling: Harcourt State School, and Chewton School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Flers, France, 6 March 1917
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs
Plot III, Row H, Grave No. 8
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Benjeroop Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

5 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5975, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5975, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5975, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
17 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 59th Infantry Battalion, France
6 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5975, 59th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by Kerri Sidorow

Horace William Brown was born in Chewton in 1892 to William Brown and Henrietta Florence Brown (nee Murrary).  He attended the Harcourt School where he was a bright and diligent pupil. He went on to became a junior teacher at School 2957, Victoria Park in 1909 after which he was transferred to School 2365, Carlton in 1911.  He was appointed head teacher at Benjeroop East in 1914.

His Victorian Education Department record shows him to have been a fine, smart energetic young teacher of good promise.

Horace enlisted at Kerang and the Benjeroop community farewelled Horace and three other young soldiers at a reception in April 1916.  Horace along with Reuben Davey, 'Jock' Moncrief and Gerald Morton were seated on the stage and praised for offering their service to King and Empire.  The were each presented with wallets, belts, knife, fork and spoon as a token of the residents esteem.  Music and dancing followed until the small hours.  Gerald Morton was the only one of the four soldiers to return.

Horace embarked with the 19th Reinforcements to the 7th Battalion on the transport Themistocles on the 28 July, 1916.  After some training in England he went to France where he joined C Company, 59th Battalion on 17 November.  His father noted his fortitude during the sever winter in France.  He was killed in action at the Somme on the 6 March, 1917.

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Horace William Brown is also remembered on the Chewton School Honour Roll, Harcourt methodist Church Honour Roll and the Harcourt School Honour Roll, Vic.