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Robert Donnelly Brown

Portrait of Sergeant Robert Donnelly Brown DCM. Archives New Zealand. AABK 18805 W5530 7/0019190. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Sergeant Robert Donnelly Brown DCM. Archives New Zealand. AABK 18805 W5530 7/0019190. Im …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Donnelly AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Donelly AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 27432 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 December 1892 Public source NasebyOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John Brown (father), Peninsula, Kyeburn Diggings, Otago Central, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 27432 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      1919 AWMM
      Citation For DCM: DCM Robert Donnelly Brown, Sergeant, 2nd Batt., Otago Regiment For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations about Haplincourt on the 2nd September,1918. The battalion on the left failed to reach its objective, with the result that the left flank of the company to which he belonged remained 'in the air'. On reaching the first objective the platoon commander had been wounded, and he was left in command of his platoon, isolated on both flanks. He immediately rushed the cross roads, taking over fifty prisoners and several machine guns. He then discovered that the enemy was strongly entrenched behind him and the flanking battalion. Reorganising his platoon, he maintained his position until reinforcements came up and restored the situation. During the whole operations he displayed coolness and courage which were an inspiration to all ranks under his command. London Gazette 14/01/1919 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1 May 1916 AWMM Law Clerk/Civilian AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
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  • Age on 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    12 April 1970 Public source
    Age 77 AWMM
    HindsCanterbury AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      16 January, 1919, p.867 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      41: 15 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM


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