Charles Alexander Brown

First Name: 
Charles
Middle Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Brown
Mother's Name: 
Ellen Brown nee Freeborn
Father's Name: 
Charles Brown
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, July 11, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
19th Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, August 11, 1918
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Wounds sustained in action
Details: 

Charles Brown (Service No 2341) was born around 1893 in Scarborough, N.S.W.

Charles worked as a paymaster, was 22 years old and single when he enlisted.  He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A32 Themistocles with 5th Reinforcements on 5th October 1915.  The troops arrived in Egypt and Charles joined D company, 19th Battalion.

The Battalion was sent to France and arrived on 25th March 1916.  On 16th April 1916 Charles was promoted to Lance Corporal.  

Charles was wounded on 25th May 1916, soon after he arrived in France, and evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his hand.  He did not return to the front until 10th January 1917.

On 7th August 1917 Charles was promoted to Lance Sergeant. 

He was wounded a second time on 9th October 1917 during the Passchendaele fighting.  This time he was evacuated to hospital for treatment of gun shot wound to his left shoulder, returning to his unit on 9th January 1918.

Wounded a third time on 6th April 1918, Charles received a gun shot wound to his left arm, and rejoined his unit on 13th June 1918.

On 27th July 1918 Charles was promoted to Sergeant.

Charles was wounded againg at about 5 am on 11th August 1918.  He received multiple wounds to his abdomen and was taken to 55th Casualty Clearing Station for treatment but died there the same day.

Charles is buried in Daours Communal Cemetery, France: Extension Plot III, Row E, Grave 27.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BROWN C A

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