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Marion Sinclair Brown

The photograph attached to this record is of the group of New Zealand nurses who sailed to Egypt on the Maheno in 1915. The identification of each nurse is unfortunately not known. Le Gallais family. Papers, 1870 - 1920. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-95-11. No known copyright restrictions

The photograph attached to this record is of the group of New Zealand nurses who sailed to Egypt on …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Marion Sinclair AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 22/104 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 October 1880 AWMM ScotlandUnited Kingdom AWMM
    Scotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 6 June 1915 AWMM Waimatuku, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J.S. Brown (mother), Waimatuku, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 June 1915 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    Matron/Military AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 5 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Very dark brown AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      wears glasses AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Drowned AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Marion Brown was the daughter of Mrs. J. S. Brown, of Waiuatuku, Southland.

    She trained for nursing at Riverton.

    Marion was one of the New Zealand nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915.

    The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonika Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles. The Transport Ship Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy that night and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she sank. Nurses lost their lives in the evacuation as lifeboats tipped over as they were lowered into the sea, some boats falling on others, with some being left on the ship and going down with her. Nurse Brown is said to have held hands with nurse Isabel Clark as they went into the sea.

    Auckland War memorial Museum Scars on the Heart WWI " Nurses and Volunteers " display. Display item is a page of the Roll of Honour of those who died on active service. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 October 1915 AWMM
    Aegean Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Memorial name
    • Mikra Memorial, Greece AWMM
    • Nurses' Memorial Chapel, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England AWMM

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  • Leaving a poppy for you in memory of your niece who passed away recently who was very interested in your story and made sure all of her children knew about you and made sure we celebrated your life every Anzac day.
    Public - Janet - Direct descendant - 24 April 2021
  • Marion, I want you to be remembered by the nurses , not only in New Zealand, but in Southland, where your nursing career started. As a military nurse living in Invercargill, may we never forget your supreme sacrifice.
    Public - Sally - Researcher - 7 July 2015



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24 April 2021JanetInvercargillDirect descendant
27 February 2019AllanRotoruaResearcher
16 January 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
19 September 2015judiInvercargill NZ /Ex RivertonResearcher
07 July 2015SallyInvercargill, New ZealandResearcher

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