Thomas Hugh BROWN


BROWN, Thomas Hugh

Service Number: 14491
Enlisted: 16 April 1917, Place of enlistment - Perth Western Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Hillgrove, New South Wales, 2 October 1898
Home Town: West Leederville, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Influenza and Broncho Pneumonia, England, United Kingdom, 10 November 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Fovant (St. George) Churchyard
Plot I, Row F, Grave 2 Headstone Inscription "DEARLY LOVE SON OF MARGARET & THE LATE HUGH RONALD BROWN AT REST", Fovant (St George) Churchyard, Fovant, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, West Leederville State School Honour Board, West Leederville War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 14491, Place of enlistment - Perth Western Australia
1 Aug 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 14491, Embarked on HMAT 'A7' Medic from Sydney on 1st August 1917, transshipped to SS Orita, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 21st September 1917, disembarking Liverpool, England, 13th October 1917.
12 Nov 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, Artillery Details
18 Dec 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 14491, Artillery Details , Proceeded overseas to France from Southampton.
24 Dec 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Gunner Brown was detached from duty to attend 2nd Army Trench Mortar School on 6th January 1918, rejoining unit on 20th January 1918.
18 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 14491, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column,
  • 18 August 1918 - Wounded in action, (gassed), and admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station
  • 19th August 1918 transferred to 9th General Hospital, Rouen France
  • 23rd August 1918 - transferred to England
  • 24th August 1918 - admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital
  • 4th September 1918 - transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford
  • 1st October 1918 - discharged on furlough
  • 16th October 1918 - to report to Littlemore Camp, Weymouth
  • 29 Oct 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 14491, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Gunner Brown was admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospital suffering from influenza, he was then transferred to the Fovant Military Hospital where he succumbed to influenza and broncho-pneumonia on the 10th November 1918.

    Gunner Thomas Hugh Brown

    From WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

    Gunner Thomas Hugh Brown was born at Hillgrove, NSW in 1898. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 16th April, 1917 as an 18 year old Storeman from Western Australia.

    Private Brown arrived in England for further training in October, 1917 & transferred to Artillery Details as Gunner on 12th November, 1917.
    Gunner Brown joined his Unit at the Front on 24th December, 1917. He was wounded in action in France on 18th August, 1918 & invalided to England. Gunner Brown recovered from his wounds & after furlo was marched in to No. 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 29th October, 1918. He was sent to No. 2 Group Hospital at Hurcott the same day.

    Gunner Thomas Hugh Brown died at 04.50 hrs on 10th November, 1918 (on the eve of the Armistice) at Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England from Influenza & Broncho Pneumonia.

    He was buried in St George’s Churchyard, Fovant,
    Wiltshire, England where 42 other Australian WW1 Soldiers are buried.

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    Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

    Son of Hugh Ronald and Margaret BROWN, of 38 Ruislip Street, West Leederville, Western Australia. Born at Hillgrove, New South Wales.


    Burial Report regarding the Late 14491 Gunner Brown

    'Deceased was buried with full Military honours the coffin draped with the Australian flag being conveyed to the graveside on a Gun-carriage preceded by a Firing Party and Band from the 9th Australian Training Battalion.  Six of the deceased's Unit comrades supported the Pall. 

    4 Officers and about 70 N.C.O.'s and Men attended the funeral as mourners. A large floral wreath from Miss D. Webb 1st War Hospital Birmingham was placed on the grave after the "Last Post" had been sounded.

    Headquarters A.I.F. Depots in United Kingdom were represented at the funeral.'

    The Officiating Clergyman was Chaplain T. McVittie (OPD) 9th Training Battalion Fovant

    Date of interment - 15th November 1918 at 11:00am