Martin George AWMM
Also known as
WWI 26786 AWMM
Anglican Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file
1885 AWMM AWMM
Date of birth
14 December 1885 Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file
Place of birth
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
- Pre 25 September 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
- Single Public - Sam - Other Relative - 15 March 2015 - Military personal file
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
POW liberation details
POW serial number
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
- Inter War 1919 AWMM
End of war 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
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
Date of death
Age at death
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Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Death notice: New Zealand Herald AWMM
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- 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
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