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Donald Melville Wood Brown

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Melville Wood AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    12/3565 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 August 1900 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 October 1915 AWMM 39 Nelson Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Alice E. Brown (mother), 39 Nelson Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 January 1916 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 28 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 15 AWMM
    Seaman AWMM
    TrenthamUpper Hutt AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Gassed AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Donald Brown was the son of John and Alice Brown, of 4 Lower Vincent Street, Auckland.

    Attested as seaman and last employer was New Zealand Steam Ship Company.

    Private Donald Brown lied about his age when he enlisted. he provided the date but did not put the year, this date appears to have been added later as the ink does not have the same density. Indeed acccording to members of his family 'his father had died and circumstances were that it (the war) was probably going to be an adventure for him - which makes his death all the more tragic.'

    He was first buried in the field. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 16 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM X. C. 25. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

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  • Donald held a special place in my Grandmothers ( his sisters) heart. Two of his brothers also served . Both returning home suffering the effects of gas and trauma. In my thoughts.
    Public - Tom - Other Relative - 9 April 2015

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09 April 2015TomHamilton, NZOther Relative