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Charles David Brown

Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles David AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Charlie AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 32297 AWMM
    • WWII 23075 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 December 1897 AWMM RaglanWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM PO Box 9, Opotiki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Esther Ann Brown (mother), Te Mata, Raglan, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs J. Brown (wife), PO Box 9, Opotiki, Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • Sidi Rezegh AWMM
    • Libya AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 32297 AWMM
    • WWII 23075 AWMM
  • Military service
    1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force (3 Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      MM. London Gazette 16 July 1918, Rec No 2074. "For conspicuous gallantry and exceptionally good work during operations on the right of Hebuterne on the morning of 27th March 1918. He led his section to the capture of a trench, and afterwards went forward into a sap occupied by the enemy, bombed them out and enabled two platoons to consolidate their recently won positions without casualties. His fearless conduct set an example to all ranks." AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Robert Brown and of Esther Anne Brown (nee Galvin), of Opotiki, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Jennie Brown, of Putaruru, Auckland.

    Charles Brown was the son of Mrs Ester Ann Brown of Te Mata, Raglan.

    He fought in both World War 1 and World War 2.

    Served in HQ of 24 Infantry Battalion when first enlisted, and was later the Officer in Charge of B Company. B Company was instructed to capture the summit of Point 175, near Tobruk, and once on the summit the Company came under heavy fire. By nightfall there were 30 casualties, including Brown. Brown, wounded, insisted on limping back into action only to be fatally wounded the following day. He died of wounds received. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 43 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM 16. C. 5 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Charles David Brown was the husband of English born Jennie Tomalin. He is remembered on the Te Mata School WW1 Roll of Honour Memorial Board. He received three medals of war. His parents are Robert and Esther Ann (nee GALVAN) Brown of Raglan. Esther Ann was my grandfathers aunt. Charles is the brother of William John Brown (Raglan) and the cousin of Constant Galvan and Alfie Galvan.
    Public - Jo - Other relative - 20 November 2016



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