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Samuel Royston BROWN

Regimental number3128
Place of birthClunes, Victoria
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Brown, 22 Rowland Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Enlistment date18 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919

Military Medal

'On night 24th/25th April 1918 during a counter-attack by the Battalion on a strong enemy position south of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX these two men [BROWN and 3376 E.A. JACKSON], who are Battalion Runners, continually carried messages through heavy machine gun and shell fire to the Companies and Forward Brigade Station. When other communications failed they were ever ready to carry messages regardless of their own personal safety. Their coolness and courage throughout the operation were conspicuous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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