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Donald Forrester Brown

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  • Service number
    8/3504 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Sergeant AWMM
    Otago Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 10th (North Otago) Company AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright res … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Forrester AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    8/3504 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Presbyterian, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    23 February 1890 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 Oct 1915 Totara Block, Oamaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R. Brown (mother), Polytechnic, Thames Street, Oamaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 08 Jan 1916 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Battle of the Somme AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8/3504 AWMM
  • Military service
    Cadet Training AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
    London Gazette, No. 30130, dated 14th July, 1917, citation:-"For most conspicuous bravery and determination in attack (south-east of High Wood, France, on September 15, 1916), when the company to which he belonged had suffered very heavy casualties in officers and men from machine gun fire. At great personal risk this N.C.O. advanced with a comrade and succeeded in reaching a point within 30 yds. of the enemy guns. Four of the gun crew were killed and the gun captured. The advance of the company was continued until it was again held up by machine gun fire. Again Sergeant. Brown and his comrade, with great gallantry, rushed the gun and killed the crew. After this second position had been won, the company came under very heavy shell fire, and the utter contempt for danger and coolness under fire of this N.C.O. did much to keep up the spirit of his men. On a subsequent occasion in attack, Sgt. Brown showed most conspicuous gallantry. He attacked, single handed, a machine gun which was holding up the attack, killed the gun crew, and captured the gun. Later, whilst sniping the retreating enemy, this very gallant soldier was killed." AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 October 1915 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 25 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 08 Jan 1916-8 February 1916 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 37 AWMM
    Vessel was Maunganui AWMM
    Private AWMM
    9th Reinforcements Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company AWMM
    New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      168 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      grey-green AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark brown AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Killed in Action AWMM
    Sergeant AWMM
    Otago Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 10th (North Otago) Company AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 8/3504 Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown was born at Dunedin, New Zealand on 23 February 1890. He enlisted for service on 19 October 1915. On arrival in Egypt in March he was posted to 2nd Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment, and promoted Sergeant prior to embarking for France in April.

    Prior to enlistment Sgt Brown was a farmer on his own account in the Totara district near Oamaru. He was unmarried and his Victoria Cross was presented to his father, Mr Robert Brown, at Oamaru, by the Earl of Liverpool, Governor General, on 30 August 1917. His other medals were sent to his brothers, R. Brown and C.C. Brown, Oamaru, who were executors of his estate.

    He began active service at Armentieres, France, and his unit was engaged in the Battle of the Somme when he was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in action at High Wood on 15 September 1916. Following a further act of gallantry at Eaucourt l'Abbaye on 1 October 1916, details of which are included in his VC citation, Sgt Brown was killed in action.

    Victoria Cross not publicly held. Second Victoria Cross (VC) awarded to the NZEF during WWI AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    26 AWMM
  • Date of death
    1 October 1916 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    Flers, France AWMM
  • Death notes
    Flers, Somme, France AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM
  • Grave reference
    III. F. 11. AWMM
  • Memorial name
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone, National Memorial Aboretum, Staffordshire, England Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 November 2015 - personal visit
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  • Obituary

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  • Donald you were always there when I need you. Your service has amazed all of us. You were a great sergeant as well as a friend. -Commemorating Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown.
    Public - Chelsea - 20 April 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      21: 28 AWMM
    • Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. AWMM
      Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. 17.6.1917 AWMM
    • RSA review: the official journal of the N.Z. Returned Services' Association AWMM
      1929, page 4 AWMM
    • RSA review: the official journal of the N.Z. Returned Services' Association AWMM
      August 1969, page 6 AWMM
    • Official History of the Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. in the Great War 1914-1918 AWMM
      (1921), page 399 AWMM
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
      pp. 97-100 AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
      p. 40 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
29 November 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
24 July 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
20 April 2015Chelsea AucklandOther