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John Michael BROWN

Regimental number28858
Place of birthWombat, New South Wales
SchoolWombat Public School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressWombat via Young, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height6' 0.5"
Weight173 lbs
Next of kinFather, J M Brown, Wombat via Young, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 April 1916
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameMedium Trench Mortar Battery Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/129/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of wounds 7 June 1918
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
13
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Wombat Cemetery, New South Wales. Mother: Johanna BROWN (d. 28 January 1941 [exact year unclear on headstone], aged 74; bu. Wombat Cemetery).
Family/military connectionsBrother: 28857 Gunner James Thomas BROWN, 5th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 21 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 March 1917; taken on strength, 2nd Division Ammunition Column, 12 April 1917. transferred to 5th Field Artillery Brigade, 13 May 1917, and taken on strength, 15th Battery.

Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom , 21 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 13 March 1918.

Found guilty, 1 April 1918, of whilst on Active Service absent without leave from 7.30 am 9.3.18 till 7.30 am, 12.3.18: awarded 20 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited total of 24 days' pay.

Wounded in action (gassed shell), 1 June 1918, and admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; died of wounds, 7 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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