George Joseph Richard BROWN MM


BROWN, George Joseph Richard

Service Number: 1145
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.A., date not yet discovered
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Horse breaker
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 4 October 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31. , Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1145, 28th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1145, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
4 Oct 1917: Involvement SN 1145, 28th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
Date unknown: Honoured Military Medal

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Lance Sergeant Brown, M.M., was 36 and the son of George J. and Mary Brown; husband of Alice Oliver Brown, of 129, Brighton Rd., Surbiton, Surrey, England. He is said to be a native of Fulham, London, England.

He is said to be honoured on the  Surbiton war memorial.  He is also said to be honoured on the  in church war memorials at All Saints (Kingston Parish ) and the Kingston Congregational Church war memorial.


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Possible marriage record.


Marriages Dec 1916   
Brown George J R Hagg Marylebone 1a 1467
Brown Richard Hagg Marylebone 1a 1467
Hagg Alice A Brown Marylebone 1a 1467

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He  gave his address as 83 Gadly Road, Aberdare, Wales; that is where his aunt lived-she was a nurse, Sarah Ward. His wife later lived there briefly.
Served for 2 years in the Cape Mounted Rifles; 2 years in the Legion of Frontiersmen.
Enlistment date 25 May 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number
Age at embarkation 32
Embarkation details
 Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
 Rank from Nominal Roll Lance Sergeant
 (Medals and Awards)-Awarded the Military Medal, 27 October 1916.

'During hostile shelling in a minor operation of night of 6/7th June, Cpl Brown had charge of a wire cutting gun which fired 9 rounds in the 8 minutes allowed for cutting. He had three misfires and was working with an understrength crew. This gun did very effective work in the enemy's wire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 Date: 19 April 1917

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria with Bn for Gallipoli, 4 September 1915. Promoted Corporal, 14 September 1915. Wounded in action, 2 November 1915 (gun shot wound, face); admitted to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt, 7 November 1915; transferred to Details, 11 December 1915; to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 23 December 1915; returned to duty, 28th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916. Promoted Lance Sergeant,28 March 1916.

Transferred to 2nd Division Trench Mortar Battery, April 1916. Wounded in action, 6 August 1916 (gun shot wound, thigh); admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 August 1916; transferred to England, 31 September 1916; discharged from 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 19 October 1916. Granted furlough, 21 October 1916. Marched out to No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 13 November 1916. Proceeded overseas to France to reinforce artillery, 9 May 1917. Transferred to 28th Bn, 10 August 1917.