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James Samuel BROWN

Regimental number3765
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressClarence Street, Lithgow, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinGrandparent, S Harman, Clarice Street, Lithgow, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For coolness, courage and devotion to duty. On 10th October, 1917, a plank road in the vicinity of WESTHOEK was heavily shelled, causing casualties to men and horses, blocking traffic and causing congestion at a very dangerous point. Sapper BROWN obtained the assistance of other men in the vicinity, cleared the road of damaged wagons, and replaced the dislodged planking, thus opening the road and allowing traffic to move out of the barraged area. Whilst doing this the road was still under fire, shells bursting within 30 yards of the party. on 12th October, 1917, at ZONNEBEKE, he was left as a guide to a pack train during the temporary absence of his Officer. The area in which the train was working was heavily shelled, and although wounded through the lungs, he guided and kept the teams together until his Officer returned. He has at all times during his 18 months service in FRANCE, set a fine example of coolness and courage in the face of danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 May 1947

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