Bernard Manning (Bob) BROWNING

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BROWNING, Bernard Manning

Service Numbers: 3792, 7392
Enlisted: 7 January 1918, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Caldecott, Northampton, England, 18 January 1888
Home Town: Kondinin, Kondinin, Western Australia
Schooling: Kings College
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action , France, 3 October 1918, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Plot 4, Row L, #10 (buried next to Sgt. Crockett who was one of five, 28th Batt. men killed by a single shell, Bellicourt British Cemetery, Bellicourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3792, Perth, Western Australia
13 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3792, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Mar 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3792, 28th Infantry Battalion, SS Ormonde, Fremantle
3 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 7392, 28th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography

Emigrated from UK with cousin #378 C J Browning (10th LH, WIA turkey) to NZ in 1908.  New Zealand they found to be too cold, so relocated to WA taking up 1000 acres each near Kulin Rock.

In 1912 he returned to Britain to bring his soon to be wife out to Australia.  They arrived back at Fremantle in January 1913.  He continued clearing and farming on both his and CJ's selection.  With the declaration of war, CJ joined the 10th LH. Being a married man he left it until Jan 1918 to enlist.

Left wife and 2 small children (boy 4, girl 2) enlisted Jan 1918.  In front line last week of Sept.  Killed in his first action along with 4 others of his Bn.

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