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Alexander Malcolm BROWN

Regimental number2584
Place of birthTarago, Victoria
SchoolRokeby State School, Victoria
AddressGippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Brown, Tarago via Drouin, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 13th Australian Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces, for 3 years.
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 10 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander And Catherine BROWN. Native of Gippsland, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 7th Bn from 6th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 24 February 1916; taken on strength of 7th Bn, Serapeum, 24 February 1916, and reverted to the rank of Private.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 20 March 1916 (parotitis); discharged, 27 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 59th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 30 April 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'presumed to be buried in No Man's Land at approx 5J9043 to 5K0251 Sheet Hazebrouck 5a'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 560405, 4588 Pte C.H. SAUNDERS, A Company, 59th Bn (patient, Woodcote Park Hospital, England), 26 September 1916: 'About an hour before the advance on 19th July informant saw L/C Brown lying wounded in the face & legs, in an exposed position, (sic) (shells were dropping all round)[.] Informant advised Brown to get to a safer place. He got up and staggered away.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWN Alexander Malcolm
Red Cross file 560405

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