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Regimental number7149
Place of birthArmidale New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSkin buyer
AddressApple Tree Hill, Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Jas. Browning, Apple Tree Hill, Armidale, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 5, Battery 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at VAUK-LA-PRATRE near PREMONT on the night of 8th October, 1918. Sergeant BROWNING was in charge of a number of ammunition wagons delivering ammunition to the battery position, where a heavy enemy barrage was placed on the road. This N.C.O. successfully led all wagons through and delivered the ammunition to the battery, thus enabling fire to be directed in an operation on the morning of the 9th October, 1918. On the return journey one wagon received a direct hit with a 5.9 inch, wounding and throwing the horses and drivers to the ground and the wagon on top of two horses and one driver. This N.C.O. showed great coolness in extricating the horses and driver and despatching the wounded to a Dressing Station.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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