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John Francis BROWNE

Regimental number1914
Place of birthKilrush, Co Clare, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressImperial Hotel, Ravenswood, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Anne Delaney, Imperial Hotel, Ravenswood, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollR1914
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919
Discharge date21 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 May 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 July 1917. Rank of Sergeant for voyage only.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 August 1917; attached to 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company, 2 September 1917. Found guilty, 18 August 1917, of being absent without leave, 2400 hrs, 16 August, to 1200 hrs, 17 August 1917: forfeited total of 2 days' pay.

Wounded in action, 12 March 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 149th Field Ambulance; transferred from 9th General Hospital, Rouen, to England, 23 March 1918, and admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, 24 March 1918; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 June 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 7 June 1918. Admitted to Brigade Hospital, Hurdcott, 23 June 1918 (influenza); transferred to Fovant Hospital, 4 July 1918 (bronchitis); to No 3 Command Depot, 15 July 1918; to Brigade Hospital, Hurdcott, 16 July 1918 (bronchitis); to No 3 Command Depot, 29 July 1916; to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 14 September 1918; to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 24 October 1918. Found guilty, 6 November 1918, of being absent without leave, midnight- 10.30 am, 6 November 1918: forfeited 2 days' pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1918; rejoined unit, 9 December 1918.

Admitted to 8th Australian field Ambulance, 27 December 1918 (bronchitis), and transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 7 January 1919; to England, 25 January 1919, and admitted to Lewisham Military Hospital, 27 January 1919; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 31 January 1919; discharged on furlough, 3 February 1919, to report to No 1 Command Depot, 8 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from London on board 'Shropshire', 1 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 16 May 1919; re-embarked on board 'Dongala' for travel to Brisbane, 17 May 1919; discharged, 21 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 October 1948
Place of burialLutwyche Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWNE John Francis

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