Robert Melbourne Brown

Name    Robert Melbourne Brown

Number    Private 142 

Battalion      16th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Balaclava

Next of Kin   His mother, Mrs. Catherine Brown of Bair St Leongatha. He is the brother of Frederick Brown who was also killed.

Date and place of enlistment   Helena Vale Black Boy Perth Western Australia

Physical details on enlistment   Age 19 years 10 months 5’8”, 130 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Labourer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Gallipoli in April 1915. This was confirmed by a Court of Enquiry at Rouen on the 29/9/1917 signed by General Birdwood.

Location of grave or memorial

The Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli Turkey

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

It appear that the Woorayl Shire was where he resided with his mother before he went to Western Australia

Military History

  • A Leongatha State School past student
  • 8/9/14 He enlisted in Helena Vale Blackboy Hill Perth Western Australia
  • 22/12/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Ceramic
  • 12/4/15 He joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force
  • 19/5/15 He was missing in action at Gallipoli
  • 29/9/17 There was a Court of Inquiry at Rouen that concluded he had died in April at Gallipoli, confirmed by Lt General Birdwood
  • His medals went to Mr. C J H Brown at Boyup Brook W A by mistake
  • Catherine Brown received his Star in Leongatha in 1920
  • 15/7/21Mrs Brown received the scroll
  • Mrs. Brown died and the medals went to another son and brother Mr. C J H Brown of the Police Station Bunbury W A.
  • By 31/8/21 both parents are deceased and C Brown received all medals as the eldest brother
  • There were two brothers killed R M Brown and F J Brown

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