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William Chris BROWN

Regimental number1805
Place of birthTrentham, Victoria
OccupationBaker's assistant
AddressRushworth, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Brown, 78 Grantham Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date15 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919

Military Medal

'At ARMENTIERES on the night 25th/26th December, 1916, during a raid on the enemy trenches, he displayed great courage and devotion to duty. He was wounded by the first bomb thrown from the enemy lines, but did not complain. He continued to take his part in the raiding operations, and his wound was not discovered until he was noticed to be staggering from weakness after returning to our lines.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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