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William Thomas BROWNE

Regimental number2885
Place of birthAllendale, Victoria
SchoolState School, Ballarat, Victoria
ReligionWesleyan
OccupationTeamster
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 7"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lilian Emma Browne, Ocean View, Bay Road, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 September 1916
Place of enlistmentFremantle, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateDied of disease 15 February 1919
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialBelgrade Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 12), Namur, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Fremantle Cemetery, Western Australia. Parents: William and Theresa BROWNE
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 940 Driver Ernie BROWN [sic], 44th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919; 4067 Pte Gordon BROWN [sic], 4th Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 1 June 1919; Brother-in-law: [965] Lt Bertram Thomas KELL, 28th Bn, died of wounds, 8 August 1918; Cousin: 3701 Lance Corporal Edwin Joseph CANNON, 6th Bn, died of wounds, 14 September 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 november 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 11 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 June 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 9 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1917 (shrapnel wound, right arm), and admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 30 September 1917; transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 October 1917, and then to Ambulance Train; admitted to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 9 October 1917; transferred to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 19 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 2 November 1917.

On leave, 12 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 3 April 1918.

Found guilty, 25 May 1918, of being absent without leave from 9 am to 12 midnight, 25 May: awarded forfeiture of 3 days' pay; total forfeiture: 4 days' pay.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 February 1919 (influenza); transferred to 48th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 February 1919 (broncho-pneumonia: listed as 'dangerously ill').

Died of pneumonia, 15 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWNE William Thomas

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