Harold Osborne BROWNING

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BROWNING, Harold Osborne

Service Number: 222
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 4th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Glendon , Northamptonshire, England, 18 August 1892
Home Town: Cosgrove South, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 16 October 1915, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Plot I. Row F. Grave 8. Buried by Rev W E Dexter
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Broadmeadows, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 222, 4th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 222, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
16 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 222, 4th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

Enlisted 20/8/1914 4th LH,  Wounded -  face and eye 2/8/1915.  At Mundros until rejoin 4LH 8/9/1915

Disentry -  9/9/1915,  rejoined unit  4/10/15,  Killed in Action 16/10/1915 - Buried by Rev W E Dexter  at Shell Green  Cemetery

"PTE. HAROLD C. BROWNING  (killed in action), as reported on the  18th inst., was a young immigrant  from England, who arrivied in Australia 3 years ago, and from the  time of landing till he enlisted in  August, 1914, was employed by Mr.  Wilbert Noble, of Cosgrove, by  whom he was held in the highest esteem, for his trustworthy and honorable character. Being a splendid  horseman he enlisted at  Shepparton  and joined the 4th Light Horse,  and sailed with the first expeditionary forces." - from the Shepparton Advertiser 29 Nov 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Jun 1892   Browning Harold Osborne Kettering 3b 203.

His father ran the Pomfret Hotel in Towcester now called the Saracens Head. Previously wounded 2 August 1915. Embarked at Melbourne abort HMAT Wiltshire A18 19 October 1914. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Glendon, Northamptonshire, son of Osborne J and Annie L Browning, resident High Street, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

He is commemorated on the Towcester War Memorial and on the Dookie War Memorial, Victoria, Australia.

Towcester the Roman town of Lactodorum, is a market town in south Northamptonshire, England, and is pronounced "Toaster" Towcester comes from the Old English Tōfeceaster.[  Tōfe refers to the River Tove; Bosworth and Toller compare it to the "Scandinavian proper names" Tófi and Tófa. The Old English ceaster comes from the Latin castra ("camp") and was "often applied to places in Britain which had been Roman encampments." Thus, Towcester means "Camp on the (river) Tove."

There are several memorials for Towcester, the first is in the cemetery and the others in St Lawrence Church. There 22 Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones in the Town Cemetery. The memorial in the cemetery takes the form of an octagonal base surmounted by square plinth and plain Latin cross with the inscription in black lettering on the sides of the plinth.

The memorial in the cemetery

1914 - THE GREAT WAR - 1918
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT
A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.
REMEMBER WITH THANKSGIVING THE
TRUE AND FAITHFUL MEN, WHO IN
THESE YEARS OF WAR, WENT FORTH
FROM THIS PLACE FOR GOD AND THE RIGHT
THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO RETURNED
NOT AGAIN ARE HERE INSCRIBED TO
BE HONOURED FOR EVERMORE.

 

 In St Lawrence's church there is a Roll of Honour Book listing all those who served in World War 1, 274 names. There are memorial plaques on the north wall of the north aisle for World War 1 and 2. The larger plaque commemorates the men who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial in the church

THIS BRONZE WAS ERECTED TO THE EVERLASTING HONOUR
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING GOOD
AND TRUE MEN OF THE PARISH OF TOWCESTER WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 19

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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