William Thomas BROWNE


BROWNE, William Thomas

Service Number: 2885
Enlisted: 23 August 1916, Fremantle, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Allandale, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Ballarat State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Teamster
Died: Pneumonia, Belgium, 15 February 2019
Cemetery: Belgrade Communual Cemetery
Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 12. Also Panel 145 at the AWM
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial, North Fremantle Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2885, Fremantle, Western Australia
9 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2885, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2885, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Fremantle
15 Feb 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2885, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Father William Browne and Theresa Browne (nee _____)

Lillian Emma Browne (nee KELL) 
living at her parents home Ocean View, Bay Road, North Fremantle, WA
(sister of Bertram Thomas KELL and Alfred Edward KELL)

Wife's parents: Emily Reay & Step-father  William Reay, living at Ocean View, Bay Road,
                       North Fremantle, Western Australia.

- all living with Lillian's mother Mrs Emily Reay (Bertram & Alfred's mother,
  as Lillian died in August 1919 - appointed Guardian):

Son: - died at infancy
Daughter:  Emily Theresa Browne (10 years old in 1920)
Daughter:  Lillian May Browne  (6 years old in 1920)
Daughter:  Elsie Mavis Browne  (4 years old in 1920)

Next of kin in service:
Brother:             940 Driver Ernie BROWNE
                          Driver in 44th Battalion
                          5/3/1919  Returned to Australia

Brother:             4067 Gordon BROWNE
                          Private in 4th Pioneer Battalion
                          1/6/1919  Returned to Australia

Brother-in-law:  965  Bertram Thomas KELL
                          Lieutenant in 28th Battalion
                          8/8/1918  died of shell wounds to head
                          buried in:

Brother-in-law:  3867  Alfred Edward KELL
                           Sapper in Australian Corps Signal Company
                           11/5/1919  Returned to Australia

Cousin:               3701 Edwin Joseph CANNON
                          Lance Corporal 6th Battalion
                          14/9/1916  died of wounds 

Described on enlisting as 31 years 3 months old; married; 5' 7" tall; 142 lbs;
fresh complexion; brown eyes; brown hair; Weslyan.

23/8/1916     Enlisted at Fremantle, Western Australia

1/11/1916     Commanding Officer appointed William to 7th reinforcements,
                     48th Battalion at Black Boy Hill Camp, WA

9/11/1916     Embarked from Fremantle, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire
                    as a Private in 48th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements
10/1/1917     disembarked into Devonport, England

11/1/1917     marched into 12 Training Battalion, Codford, England

29/4/1917     admitted sick to War Hospital, Sutton Veny, England

19/6/1917     proceeded overseas to France

9/7/1917       taken on strength into 48th Battalion (from reinforcements)
                     Havre, France

29/9/1917     shrapnel wound to right arm
30/9/1917     admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance
8/10/1917     transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station,
                    then to Ambulance Train
9/10/1917     admitted to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, France
19/10/1917   transferred to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, France 

2/11/1917     rejoined Battalion, in the field

12/3/1918     on leavearch 1918
3/4/1918       rejoined Battalion from leave

4/2/1919       Sick - Influenza - admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance
7/2/1919       transferred to 48th Casualty Clearing Station
                     broncho-pneumonia: listed as 'dangerously ill

15/2/1919     died of broncho-pneumonia
buried in:       Belgrade Communal Cemetery  (not Belgrade War Cemetery in Yugoslavia)
                     Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 12.

British War medal (52290); Victory medal (51570); Memorial Plaque and
Memorial Scroll (355468).

Thank you to Pierre Vandervelden for the portrait and details on cemetery casualties.

Sourced and sbumitted by Julianne T Ryan.  28/2/2015.  Lest we forget.