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Frederick James BROWN

Regimental number3766
Date of birth--/05/1892
Place of birthMeadow Flat New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOrchardist
AddressThe Poplars, Meadows Flat via Rydal, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, F B Brown, The Poplars, Meadows Flat via Rydal, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name18th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF18
Promotion date: 14 May 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF18
Promotion date: 15 August 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and inititaive in an advance through dense fog east of Amiens, on 8th August 1918. Ten minutes after zero he moved forward alone, picking up and guiding three large bodies of troops which were lost, and on reaching the objective, 2,500 yards from the start, he went along the front locating the units and sending back accurate information. The following day he performed work of a similar nature, moving forward another 2,500 yards, and keeping in touch with the various phases and changes, which he accurately reported. He was exposed to constant fire, about 50 per cent of the officers in the line becoming casualties. His reliable reconaissance was invaluable throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3767 Pte Douglas BROWN, 18th Bn, died of wounds, 1 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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