Harold William Brown

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Brown, Private Harold William no.4070.

17th Battalion MM.



Born at Pitt Street Waterloo.

Educated Public School, George Street, Redfern.

Married 1914 to Ita Doris.


Enlisted at Waterloo 17/10/1915.

Next of kin, wife, Ita Doris Brown, Raglan Street, Waterloo.

Military Medal citation: AWM 28. 2nd Division 26/4/1917-10/5/1917. 17th Battalion.

1370 Private Stanley Edwards 4070 Private Harold William Brown 4571 Private Frederick Wilson:

During the operations against the Hindenberg Line near NOREU1L on 3/4th May, these men acted as stretcher bearers despite the extremely heavy shell fire, machine gun fire and sniping. They carried on with their work of recovering the wounded with the utmost coolness and determination even though two of the original party were wounded Private Edwards acted as leader and was particularly courageous. They were instrumental in saving numbers of our wounded who would otherwise have perished from shellfire. These three men have been previously recommended for excellent work in other operations.

Recommended by G.O.C. 5th Australian Infantry Brigade M.M.

Signed by M.M. Smyth Major General commanding 2nd Australian Division. 13/5/1917.

Casualty list SMH 17/6/1918 - Wounded [Taken to no. 1 General Hospital].

Casualty list SMH 20/6/1918 - Died of wounds.

Wounded at Morlancourt.

Died of wounds 2/6/1918, aged 26 years.

Buried in Etretat Churchyard Extension, grave ILD.15.

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1867100/ [accessed 05/08/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002