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Leonard George BROWN

Regimental number5138
Place of birthRockhampton, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address159 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs I P Brown, 159 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 August 1917
Place of enlistmentPetersburg, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919
Discharge date6 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1917; disembarked Suez, 16 January 1918.

Embarked Alexandria, 23 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 4 February 1918.

Absented himself, 12 February 1918 (not yet apprehended) at Lyons, France, while en route from Italy to England.

Marched in to 15th Training Bn, Codford, England, 7 March 1918.

Found guilty, 9 March 1918, of being in Paris without a pass, 27 February 1918: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment no 2.

Found guilty, 30 April 1918, of being absent without leave, Bristol, 2130, 20 March, to 1315, 26 March 1918: awarded forfeiture of 7 days' pay; total forfeiture: 14 days' pay.

Found guilty, Codford, 12 April 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 6 April, to 8.45 pm, 9 April 1918: awarded forfeiture of 3 days' pay; total forfeiture: 6 days' pay.

Found guilty, 19 April 1918, of (1) being absent without leave, Southampton, from 8.30 am, 13 April, to 4.30 pm, 15 April 1918; (2) assaulting Military Police: awarded 28 days' detention, and forfeiture of a total of 34 days' pay.

Admitted to Devizes Detention Barracks, 22 April 1918. Unexpired portion (4 days) of sentence remitted as from 12 May 1918.

Found guilty, 24 May 1918, of being absent without leave, London, from 0100, 13 May, until 1200, 16 May 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 11 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 May 1918; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 8 June 1918.

Admitted to 15th Australian field Ambulance, 18 June 1918 (not yet diagnosed), and transferred same day to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; casualty classified as neurasthenia, 8 July 1918; transferred to Ambulance Train No 5, 18 July 1918, and admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 July [wrongly entered as August] 1918; marched in to Base Depot, Havre, 28 July 1918.

Found guilty, 6 August 1918, of being in town without a pass, Rouelles, and being absent without leave from 9.30 pm, 2 August, until 7 pm, 3 August 1918: awarded forfeiture of 14 days' pay, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Marched out to unit, 7 August 1918; Court of Enquiry, Bray, 8 September 1918, declared him to be an illegal absentee.

Rejoined 32nd Bn (under escort), 19 September 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 15 October 1918 (scabies); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 15 October 1918.

Reported absent from Rest Station without authority, 4 November 1918; traced in Paris, 31 December 1918, and awaiting escort.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Assitant Provost Marshal, Rouen, 4 February 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 26 days. Sent to VD Annexe, Rouen, 4 February 1919; discharged, 8 February 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 5 days.

Apprehended in Paris awaiting escort, 5 March 1919; escaped from Bn Guard Room, 18 March 1919; arrested in Paris: awaiting escort, 25 March 1919.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 April 1919; transferred same day to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train No 21, 2 April 1919; admitted to 39th General Hospital, Rouen, 2 April 1919; transferred to England, 6 June 1919, and admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, under escort, 7 June 1919; reported absent without leave, Bulford, 16 July 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 107 days.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 26 July 1919; discharged to Lewes Detwention Barracks, 1 August 1919: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 7 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ascanius', 23 September 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 6 November 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 6 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 January 1923
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWN Leonard George

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