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John BROWN

Regimental number6712
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
True NameGREENHORN, John
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs Savage, Short Street, Corrimal, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Brown, George Street, Blantyre, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in the Australian Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces, Goulburn, New South Wales.
Enlistment date2 August 1916
Place of enlistmentWollongong, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 April 1920
Discharge date18 September 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 8 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917, and marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford.

Admitted to Group Hospital, Codford, 18 January 1917 (rheumatism); discharged to 4th Training Bn, 27 January 1917.

Found guilty, 9 February 1917, of overstaying leave from midnight, 2 February, to 8 pm, 7 February 1917: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 11 days' pay.

Married Jeanie GIBSON, spinster, aged 30, Church of Scotland, Blantyre, 25 June 1917.

Found guilty, 6 September 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 25 August, to 5.30 pm, 4 September 1917: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 21 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 December 1917; taken on strength, 34th Bn, in the field, 15 December 1917.

Admitted to 9the Field Ambulance, 3 April 1918 (tonsillitis), and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 4 April 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 12 April 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 14 April 1918.

Statutory Declaration, 27 April 1918, stated true name to be John GREENHORN.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 May 1918.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 24 September 1918 (dysentery), and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 25th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 29 September 1918; to England, 15 October 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 16 October 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 22 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 26 November 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 10 December 1918.

Found guilty, 11 December 1918, of being absent without leave, 10 am, 10 December, to 9 am, 11 December 1918: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay; total forfeiture: 3 days' pay.

Found guilty, 20 February 1919, of being absent without leave from 2359, 14 February, to 2100, 17 February 1919: awarded forfeiture of 3 days' pay; total forfeiture: 6 days' pay.

Granted indefinite leave awaiting family ship, 25 April 1919.

Found guilty, Hamilton Sheriff Court, Scotland, 24 September 1919, of breach of the peace and assault: sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment.

Due for release from HM Prison, Barlinnie, Glasgow, 15 October; not released until 17 October 1919.

Paraded before OC, Australian Troops in London, 20 October 1919, and allowed to continue indefinite leave.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Hororata', 16 April 1920; disembarked Sydney, 18 June 1920; discharged (medically unfit: valvular disorder of the heart), Sydney, 18 September 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 March 1944
Age at death51
Place of burialWollongong General Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWN John

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