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Walter Ernest BROWN

Regimental number1689
Date of birth3 July 1885
Place of birthNew Norfolk, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Address48 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Francis Sydney Brown, c/o Mrs Hill, 48 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date11 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Hawkes Bay on 23 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an important attack by our troops this N.C.O. displayed most self sacrificing devotion to duty, attending to the wounded of his company under very heavy shell fire. Later on in the action he took charge of his section, after its sergeant had become a casualty, and showed a fine example of courage and leadership to the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Victoria Cross

'For conspicuous bravery and determination when with an advance party from his battalion which was going into the line in relief. The company to which he was attached carried out during the night a minor operation, resulting in the capture of a small system of enemy trench. Early on the following morning an enemy strong post about 70 yards distant caused the occupants of the newly captured trench great inconvenience by persistent sniping. Hearing that it had been decided to rush this post; Corporal Brown on his own initiative, crept out along the shallow trench and made a dash towards the post. An enemy machine gun opened fire from another trench and forced him to take cover. Later he again dashed forth and reached his objective. With a Mills grenade in his hand he stood at the door of a dugout and called on the occupants to surrender. One of the enemy rushed out, a scuffle ensured, and Corporal Brown knocked him down with his fist. Loud cries of "Kamerad"were then heard, and from the dug out an officer and eleven other rranks appeared. This party Corporal Brown brought back as prisoners to ourr line, the enemy meanwhile from other positions bringing heavy machine gun fire to bear on the party.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Other detailsMedals: Victoria Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 February 1942
Age at death56

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