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Ralph Lucas BROWN

Regimental number702
Place of birthCamberwell New South Wales
OccupationWool classer
AddressHyde Park, Cavendish, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M Brown, 23 Park Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date23 March 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 10, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Returned to Australia at own expense.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations on the 19th May, 1918, this soldier displayed great initiative. He played a prominent part in the mopping up of VILLE-SUR-ANCRE near ALBERT. Private BROWN is a Lewis Gunner, and carried many magazines for his gun, which he was able to use with great success throughout the attack. Whilst his gun was located in the open, he, under heavy machine gun fire, crawled back to the Sunken Road, known as the CATERPILLAR, which at the time was being heavily shelled by the enemy, and brought back magazines and ammunition from a dump, which a few minutes later was blown up by enemy fire. On return, with the help of another man, he kept back the enemy with his gun, inflicting great casualties in the process. His example was magnificent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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