Lewis George BROWN

Regimental number2167
Place of birthWilmington, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWilmington, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMrs Elizabeth Brown, Wilmington, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 51), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Elizabeth BROWN
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 11 March 1916.

Proceeded to join 32nd Bn from 8th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery by Reverend F. G. Ford, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 580203, 1269 Pte L. GLASSETT, D Company, 32nd Bn (patient, No 2 General Hospital), 14 December 1916: 'At Fromelles about 6 p.m. I saw Brown hit by a shell behind our parapet. He was badly wounded in the face and neck. Pioneer Sgt. Banning 32nd battn. (sic) who buried all the dead will probably be able to give information as to whether he was buried.'

Second statement, 416 Sergeant P.A. OKLESTRONG, 32nd Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 23 January 1916: 'Informant states that Pte Brown was buried in a cemetery near Fleurbaix.'

Third statement, 301 Corporal H.J. STONE, 32nd Bn (patient, War hospital, Bath, England), 6 March 1917: 'Brown was killed by a shell. He had his bottom jaw blown off and a hole in his chest, also the fingers of his right hand were blown off. I helped to bury him at Rue David Cemetery, Fleur Baix (sic). A cross was erected. Captain Ward was chaplain who buried [him].'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWN Lewis George
Red Cross file 580203