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Adolphus Percy BROWN

Regimental number5342
Date of birth5 March 1896
Place of birthCharters Towers, Queensland
Other NamesAdolphs Percy
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressTowers Street, Charters Towers, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, C Brown, Towers Street, Charters Towers, Queensland
Enlistment date4 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the period 3/10/17 to 10/10/17 at BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES, L/Cpl. BROWN showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Though very severely shelled in his particular position in the S.O..S. Machine Gun barrage groups every day, he refused to abandon his gun. At one time a piece of H.E. Shell casing ripped his barrel casing rather badly while firing in response to an S.O.S. Signal, but he remedied it and carried on. Under the heaviest fire this man maintained his cheerful disposition and helped greatly in keeping up the spirits of his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 July 1988
Age at death92
Place of burialInnisfail Cemetery, Queensland

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