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William Louis Brown

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Louis AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill Brown AWMM
  • Service number
    • 052093 AWMM
    • 342358 AWMM
    • 30475 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 September 1920 AWMM AWMM
    Glasgow, Scotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 1 December 1940 AWMM C/o Cochrane, Whau Valley, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 16 January 1950 AWMM Unknown AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Miss I.V. Brown (sister), C/o Mrs Walland, Manaia Flats, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Italy AWMM
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 052093 AWMM
    • 342358 AWMM
    • 30475 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Damaged right arm AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Dysentry, Admitted to 64 General Hospital Egypt AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Leptospirosis and scrub typhus, Admitted to the British Military Hospital, Taiping, Malaya AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Held the rank of Captain in 1946 when he was discharged from the Army. He then re-enlisted in the NZ Regular Army on 16 January 1950 and was discharged on 8 May 1968 having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    11 September 2014 New Zealand Herald
    Age 93 AWMM
    New Zealand Herald
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 25 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      13/09/2014 AWMM