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Thomas Meldrum BROWN

Regimental number1656
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Thomas Henry Loxton, Grafton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.35"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Hannah Brown, 5 Rain Hill Terrace, Highfield Avenue, Blackpool, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 May 1915
Place of enlistmentGrafton, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919
Discharge date10 October 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 26th Bn, Gallipoli, 12 October 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal, 11 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transfererd to 2nd Pioneer Bn and taken on strength, 11 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Belgium, 4 August 1916.

Undergoing course of instruction as pay sergeant, 9 January 1917. Promoted Sergeant, 10 January 1917.

Transferred to Army Pay Corps, 13 April 1917, and attached for duty with 2nd Pioneer Bn.

Married Ethel JOHNSTON, spinster, aged 22, Grosvenor Road, New Brighton, at the Parish Church of St James (Church of England), Birkenhead, Chester, 26 December 1917.

Transferred from Australian Army Pay Corps, BEF, to Australian Army Pay Corps, England, 20 February 1919; marched into Pay Office, Tidworth, 25 February 1919, for duty.

Commenced return to Australia, 20 June 1919; disembarked Sydney, 10 August 1919; discharged, 10 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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