Henry George Brown

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Brown, Private Henry George (Tom) no.2565.

45th Battalion.


Born at Yarra, son of Daniel and Alice Brown.

Worked as a Hospital for Insane Attendant.

Enlisted at Goulburn 1/7/1915.

Casualty list DT 10/10/1916 Wounded (severely) [Pozieres Windmill] [taken to Hospital at Boulogne].

Died of Wounds 12/8/1916, aged 22.

Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, grave VIII.B.134.

AWM File IDRL 428 Letters to Red Cross re Australian servicemen: Lt-Col. H.C. Bidford RAMC, O/C no.13 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne:

Re: Private H. Brown 45th Battalion A1F: He was admitted here on 7/8/1916 with gun shot wounds of the upper jaw and neck. He was operated on for the removal of a piece of shrapnel from deep in the upper jaw. He also had an injury of the nerves in the neck governing the action of the heart, and it was chiefly due to the latter that he died from heart failure on 12/8/1916. He was practically unconscious from the time of his admission, so did not leave any messages.

Next of kin, father, Mr D. Brown, 15 Davies Street, Leichhardt.

SMH 14/8/1917 In Memoriam Brown - In loving memory of my dear son and our brother, Private H.G. (Tom) Brown, who died of wounds received at Pozieres, August 12, 1916:

Far away, on the field of battle They laid our dear Tom to rest God thought his share of war was over, And called him home to rest- Inserted by his loving father and brothers and sisters. Brown -... nephew and cousin...

He fell a hero - Inserted by his loving aunt and uncle, Lizzie and William Oakman, Ruby, and Cyril. Brown-... friend...

One of the best Australia could send Respected by all, a faithful friend, Too far away for sight or speech But not too far for our thoughts to reach - Inserted by his loving friends, Mr and Mrs Wilson, late of 178 King Street, Newtown.

Anzac Memorial Died of Wounds 12/8/1916.

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1822495/ [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