The AIF Project

William Creighton BROWNE

Regimental number4994
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
AddressCawdor, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, William Samuel Browne, Cawdor, Crow's Nest Line, Queensland
Enlistment date3 April 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 14 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of26th/27th August,1918, East of Bray, this man, together with Private R.C. Houston, was in the front line position and saw an enemy ambulance car leaving the vicinity of our line. These men left their position and worked out towards the car under heavy Machine Gun fire. Before the driver had time to escape they captured the car, entered it, and ordered the driver to return to our lines. On seeing the car turn about the enemy opened fire and killed the driver, but Browne and Houston succeeded in bringing in the car.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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