Maurice Rexworthy Brown
† Brown, Private Maurice Rexworthy no.3020.
13th Battalion 10th Reinforcements.
32 Watkin Street Canterbury.
Born Canterbury 11/10/1885, son of William James and Elizabeth Amelia Priscilla Brown, later of Woniora Road, Hurstville. Educated Public School.
Enlisted at Hurstville 22/7/1915, aged 31.
Church of England.
Killed in Action south-west of Zonnebeke 25/9/1917.
Memorial, Menin Gate.
AWM File IDRL 428 Letters to the Red Cross re Australian servicemen:
A.J. Day no.3161 13th Battalion, Harefield, 25/4/1918:
He was in A Company, called Morris. He was blown to pieces by a shell at Polygon Wood on September 26th. I was just behind him at the time. He was the only one killed by that shell. There was nothing found of him, so it was impossible to bury him. He came from Sydney... 5ft 7ins & brown hair.
Lance-Corporal W. Lee no.2865 13th Australians A.H.Q., Australian Camp, Rouelles, Havre 29/4/1918:
I knew Private Morris R. Brown, A Company, attached to Company Headquarters, as a Sanitary man; he came from Sydney and was, I think, a prospector and accustomed to the bush. He came with the 10th to the 13th Reinforcements from Sydney about 20th September 1915. I saw him in the front line trench at Zonnebeke on September 25th 1917, his body was carried out of the sap and buried in the rear. I saw the grave but cannot say whether a cross was put on. The position was heavily shelled the next day.
Private H. Beard no.4151 A Company 13th Battalion, Anzac Buffet, London, 14/5/1918:
I helped to bury him with three others whom I did not know in the same hole at Polygon Wood. I knew him well. He came from the country in NSW. I heard him mention that he was a hotel keeper with a wife and one or more children. He was a Headquarters stretcher bearer. I handed in his things.
W. Merchant no.6284 13th Battalion A Company, Hut 79, Westham. London, 2/7/1918:
I knew Maurice Brown well. He was wounded very badly in the body and legs by a shell in the front line trench, Polygon Wood stunt, and died very shortly after being hit - almost immediately. Private Kane (both A Company) was killed by the same shell and they - Kane and Brown - were buried in a shell hole just outside in front of the trench. Colonel Marks ordered the burial. I saw Brown lying dead but did not actually see the casualty or burial.
Roll of Honour, St Pauls Church, Canterbury.
Tele/Mirror list, 11/11/1993 Killed in Action.
25/9/1917 Anzac Memorial
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1817813/ [accessed 12/08/2016].
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