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Horace James BROWN

Regimental number4458
Place of birthNarooma, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressUpper Corindi via Grafton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinFather, T J Brown, Upper Corindi via Grafton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Discharge date27 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Marched in to camp, Zeitoun, Egypt, 7 March 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Dermatological Hospital (venereal disease), 16 March 1916. Total period of treatment: 6 days.

Taken on strength, 47th Bn, 1 April 1916.

Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force from Alexandria, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 6 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 7 July 1916 (gun shot wound, foot), and admitted to 2/1 South Midland Division Station (self-inflicted wound), and transferred to 4th Field Ambulance; admitted to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 10 September 1916; transferred to England, 11 September 1916, and admitted to Northumberland Hospital, 14 September 1916; transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Weymouth, 17 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 January 1917; rejoined unit, 6 February 1917.

To hospital, sick, 7 June 1917; marched out to unit, 20 June 1917.

Absent without leave from 7 August to 24 October 1917: found guilty by General Court Martial and sentenced to 12 years' penal servitude for desertion. Admitted to No. 1 Military Prison, Dunkirk, 18 December 1917. Sentence commuted to 2 years, 31 December 1917. Released from prison, 18 November 1918 and entrained for unit; remainder of sentence suspended as from date of release.

Transferred to 48th Bn from 47th Bn, 20 November 1918.

Transferred to England, 10 February 1919, to commence return to Australia. Sentence of 12 years previously suspended now remitted, 14 February 1919.

Married Irene Lilian WILLIAMS, St Pancras Registry Office, London, 3 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'City of Exeter', 12 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 26 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 27 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWN Horace James

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