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John Godber BROWN

Regimental number7976
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBush contractor
Address124 Forest Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Daniel Brown, 124 Forest Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the afternoon of 21st June, 1917, at MESSINES, the 16th Battery was heavily shelled and all ranks were ordered to leave the gun pits and seek cover, five casualties having previously occurred. At 3.30 p.m. the camouflage on No. 1 pit caught fire and burnt fiercely endangering about 300 rounds of Shrapnel and H.E. stores in the pit alongside the gun. B.S.M. CR...... called for volunteers to assist him to put out the fire. No. 7967, Bdr BROWN J.B., No. 7980 Driver BISHOP R.G., No. 8003 A/Cpl McSWEENEY J., and No. 9470 Gnr BAKER T.C.R. immediately volunteered, and these other ranks at great personal risk succeeded in puttin the fire out by throwing buckets of water over it, the water being obtained from shell holes and a well nearby. The whole of the camouflage was destroyed and many sandbags set alight also a few rounds of ammunition were charged. All the above took place under very heavy shell fire from the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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