Harry Cecil Brown

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Harry Cecil Brown
Personal Information
Date of Birth 9 Sep 1898
Place of Birth Dorset, England
Death 30 Jun 1981, aged 82
Place of Death Mandurah, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 42 years, 1 month
Description 5'7½" (1.71m) tall ; ; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Gardener
Religion Church of England
Address Third avenue, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs. Adelaide Brown
Military Information
Reg Number W17802
Date of Enlistment 23 Oct 1940
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation 5th Australian Lines of Communication Provost Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Harry emigrated to Western Australia, leaving Avonmouth (Bristol) aboard SS Changwiola on 3 Aug 1925. He had served from 7 Jan 1915 in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Plymouth Division.

Electoral Roll entries: 1931 "Hill View", Wharf street, Queens park, gardener; 1936 - 1943 Third avenue, Kelmscott, gardener.

War Service

Harry enlisted in the CMF (Militia) in Perth on 23 Oct 1940, and was appointed Lance Corporal the same day in the 5th Military District Line of Command Provost Company. On 22 Nov 1940 he was promoted Temporary Corporal. Harry was posted to Northam on 1 Sep 1941 before being re-posted on 3 Oct 1941 to Western Command Detention Barracks in Fremantle. On 31 Oct 1941 he was promoted Temporary Sergeant, with his rank confirmed on 20 Jan 1943, before reverting to Corporal at his own request on 31 Aug 1943. The next day he resumed with the Provost Company.

On 26 Jun 1945 Harry was medically reclassified as B2 with the result that on 17 Oct 1945 he was transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot at Karrakatta for discharge which took effect on 19 Oct 1945.

Post War

At time of discharge Harry had 4 children under 16 years of age. Harry's wife Adelaide had died on 26 Dec 1956 aged 55 in Kelmscott.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1963 Third avenue, Kelmscott, gardener ; 1972 - 1980 at 33 Creery street, Mandurah.


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