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Ernest Leslie BROWN

Regimental number8331
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
AddressPetersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs. E. Brown, 71 Shore Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Previous military service33rd Infantry
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 1, Reinforcement 17
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/11/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919

Military Medal

On the night 17th/18th September, 1918, and throughout operations on 18th September, 1918 at JEANCOURT these linesmen [BROWN, 6798 R.G. McNAMARA, and 4064 A.A. LOCKHART] maintained continuous communication from right group Headquarters, both to the front, flanks and rear under constant shell fire. These linesmen spent the whole of 20 hours continually on the lines and by their devotion to duty communications were uninterrupted throughout the whole of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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