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Harold Frederick BROWNE

Regimental number3647
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ada Brown, 155 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date3 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919

Military Medal

'Private BROWNE showed devotion to duty and splendid soldierly qualities in connection with a raid carried out on enemy trenches near SAILLY LAURETTE on night of 25th/26th June 1918. Prior to the raid he repeatedly patrolled No Man's Land during and obtained valuable information which materially assisted in making it a success. As a member of the raiding party he showed great courage and devotion to duty as runner to O.C. right team and was partly responsible for the exceptional promptness with which information was sent through to Battalion Headquarters. His bravery was of a very high order while passing through intense machine gunfire. He never hesitated and his example was a very fine one for all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'During the night attack on the night 28th/29th July 1918, astride the BRAY-CORBIE Road Private BROWNE displayed remarkable courage, bravery and coolness throughout. When the section commander became a casualty Private BROWNE immediately assumed command of the section steadied them up and at once proceeded to close up a gap in the line which had occurred through severe enemy shelling. This he successfully accomplished and throughout urged his men on with his great cheerfulness and sang froid. Private BROWN'S utter disregard for danger had a marked effect on the morale of the men near him and the greatest credit is due to him for the excellent way in which the section under his charge carried out their arduous duties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 March 1959

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