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Edgar Willis BROWN

Regimental number450
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Address10 Kirby Hill Place, Beeston Hill, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 3"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Brown, 10 Kirby Hill Place, Beeston Hill, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years, 7th West Yorkshire Regiment, transport section; discharged on leaving for Australia.
Enlistment date16 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Discharge date16 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 26 June 1915.

Disembarked, Alexandria, Egypt, ex Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916; appointed Lance Corporal, Field, 1 May 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound back), 31 July 1916; to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 31 July 1916; to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 2 August 1916; embarked for England, 8 August 1916; admitted to Bradford War Hospital, England, 9 August 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 August 1916; admitted to Hospital (scabies), Perham Downs, 25 September 1916; to 1st Convalescent Depot, 12 October 1916; to 3rd Convalescent Depot, Woolwich, 3 October 1916; marched out to Wareham Command Depot, 3 November 1916; marched out to Perham Downs Command Depot, 22 December 1916; proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 16 July 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, France, 17 July 1917; marched out to unit, 30 July 1917; rejoined Bn from Hospital, Field, 1 August 1917; promoted to Corporal, 26 August 1917; appointed temporary Lance Sergeant, Belgium, 9 October 1917; reverted to rank of Corporal, 22 November 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance (PUO), 27 December 1917; to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 27 December 1917; to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 16 January 1917; to 32nd Ambulance Train, 16 January 1918; to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 18 January 1918; embarked to England, 21 January 1918; admitted to General Military Hospital, Edmonton, England, 21 January 1918; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 25 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 24 February 1918, to report to Hurdcott Command Depot on, 28 February 1918; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot from Furlough, 28 February 1918; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 16 May 1918; marched out to Sutton Veny Command Depot, 3 June 1918; marched into Sutton Veny Command Depot, 4 June 1918; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 15 June 1918; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 10 July 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, France, 12 July 1918; marched out to unit, 13 July 1918; rejoined Bn from Hospital, Field, 16 July 1918; to Non Commanding Officer School, 21 July 1918; rejoined Bn from School, 13 August 1918.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wounds leg, shoulders, head), 29 August 1918; to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 August 1918; to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 30 August 1918; embarked for England, 3 September 1918; admitted to Exeter War Hospital, England, 4 September 1918; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 15 October 1918; discharged to Weymouth Command Depot, 18 October 1918; marched into Sutton Veny Command Depot, 25 November 1918. Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Delta', 25 January 1919; disembarked, Melbourne for Sydney, 7 March 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 16 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 March 1962
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWN Edgar Willis

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