Name: Roy Brown


Birth Date: 1892 Where: Melbourne, Victoria
Died: 9th November, 1946 Where: NSW
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill, Western Australia Age: 23
Serial Number: 220 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Sergeant Rank on Discharge/Death: Captain

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Cross, Mentioned In Despatches



Service Details:



8 March

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

24 May

1915                      Promoted Sergeant

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July

1916                      Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium


1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

5 November

1916                      Earned Miltary Cross

21 December

1916                     Mentioned in Despatches


1917                      Warlencourt

22 Febuary

1917                      Ill (Dysentry)

9 July

1917                      Rejoined Battalion


1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres

21 September

1917                      Wounded

23 January

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

10 May

1918                      Promoted Captain

22 May

1918                      Wounded

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

7 March

1919                      Returned to Australia

18 August

1919                     Appointment Terminated





Biographical Details:

Roy Brown is listed as having been born to Edmund Joseph Brown in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1893.
Roy listed his profession as pupil surveyor and nominated his father, living in Victoria, as his Next of Kin. There is no indication that he had any connection with Western Australia other than enlisting in the 28th Battalion.
Roy was a 28th Battalion original and was appointed Sergeant at the outset. This is the rank he held at Gallipoli and during the Trench Raid when he led the Right Blocking Party.  He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant soon after, in July 1916.
In November, while acting as the Battalion’s scout officer, Roy was recommended for the Military Cross which was awarded in June 1917:
During the attack on the German trenches north of Flers on the morning of 5th November, 1916, this Officer acted as scout officer for the Battalion. He went out two nights previous to the assault to ascertain the state of the enemy’s wire, etc. He gained much valuable information, showing much coolness and courage in doing so. On the night after the attack he was ordered to go out into No Man’s Land and gather in wounded.  He did this, greatly helping the stretcher-bearers. In the attack he showed dash and courage of the highest order.
The original recommendation contained an extra paragraph:
This Officer did good work at Pozieres on the 5th August and during the raid at Ypres on 13th October 1916.
Roy’s Service Records show that he was awarded a Mention in Despatches in December 1916. This does not seem to have been recorded elsewhere although a Complimentary letter, bearing the same date, is in his Records.
Roy was wounded in the back and chest at Ypres in September 1917 but was able to return to duty.  Soon after he was appointed Captain but again was wounded. With severe damage to his left leg he was transferred to England where, in 1918, a medical report, recommended invalid transport back to Australia. His leg was 1¼ inches shorter as result of his wound.
Roy was discharged in Melbourne in August 1919. He took up farming in Coonabarabran NSW where he married Elizabeth Rathie in 1935. Roy served with at a Training Centre during WW2.