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Martin George Brown

Postcard sent by Martin Brown (26786) to his sister. Daily mail, Crown Copyright (1917) 153 Anzacs in France. Off to the trenches. Auckland War Memorial Museum call no. D531 F8 C953.4. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Postcard sent by Martin Brown (26786) to his sister. Daily mail, Crown Copyright (1917) 153 Anzacs i …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Martin George AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 26786 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 1885 AWMM AWMM
    • 14 December 1885 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    14 December 1885 Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Pre 1916 AWMM Bendolba, Pukekohe, New Zealand AWMM
    • Maungatawhiri Valley
      New Zealand Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 J.B. Brown (father), Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 25 September 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Single Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26786 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    British War Medal (Received 27 June 1921)
    Victory Medal (Received 14 July 1922) Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 1916 AWMM
      Age 32 AWMM
      School teacher/Civilian AWMM
    • Enlisted 30 May 1916, commenced duty 1 June 1916 with A Company, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Re Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    Age 31 Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file


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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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    In June, 1917, after being hit in the foot by a piece of schrapnel and losing the ends of two toes, Corporal Brown also spent one week in No. 7 General Hospital, at St. Olmer, before being transferred to No. 2 Hospital (New Zealand), at Walton-on-Thames, where the remains of the two toes were amputated. AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Inter War 1919 AWMM
      End of war AWMM
      Corporal/Military AWMM
    • Last Rank Corporal
      Discharged 23 April 1919 due to end of war service
      Embarked for New Zealand from Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Corporal Brown was the son of James Boyer Brown (1849-1932) and Katie Jane Rust (1856-1932).

    Brown lost two toes during a night battle involving 18 pounders, naval artillery and poison gas. While climbing out of a trench after having received this wound, he was almost killed when a shell landed in the trench close to him, leaving him dazed and with ears ringing for several minutes. After leaving hospital at Walton-on-Thames, he was transferred to Sling camp and Etaples to retrain. He returned to the front line about October, 1917, after two weeks' leave.

    From August, 1918, Brown worked in an office in France, from 9:00 am to midnight, until the end of the war.

    After the war, Brown returned to Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand. He married Charlotte Mabel Dobson (1895-1963) in 1922. By that year he was living at Colombo Road, Waiuku. In about 1930 he moved to Selwyn Road, Kohimarama. By 1951 he was living at 11 Halsey Road, Manurewa, Auckland, where he remained until his death in 1966, aged 80 years.

    Death Notice: BROWN, Martin George (Regtl No 26786, 17th Reinforcements, First World War) On September 4, 1966 (Suddenly), at his residence, 11 Halsey Rd, Manurewa, beloved husband of the late Mabel, and brother of Nellie (Mrs H Driver, Kaeo), Annie (Mrs J.T Young, Ellersie), Jennie (Mrs G Lyons, Mangatawhiri), Nora (Manurewa) and the late Maggie and Jim; in his 81st year. A service will be held at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Weymouth Rd, Manurewa, today. (Monday) at 2:15pm, funeral then leaving for the Purewa Crematorium. Cut flowers only please.

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection holds diaries and letters relating to Brown's war service. [Ref. MS 1176]

    The Auckland Museum Library's pictorial collection holds seven albums of postcards collected by Brown whilst on active service. [Ref. Brown Albums: Albums 176-182]

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 September 1966 AWMM
    ManurewaManukau City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      41: 4 AWMM
    • Brown, Martin George. Papers relating to war service, 1918 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 1176. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice AWMM
    • A.U.C. roll of honour, 1914 - 1920. MSS & Archives E-2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. AWMM
    • Brown, Martin George. Photo albums 177-182 (1900-1915). Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. AWMM
      Commercial postcard album, flip cards. Postcards collected by Martin George Brown, 17th Reinforcements, 1NZEF, during First World War. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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