William Bert BROWN #2422

Extract from service record for William Bert Brown, 1917. National Archives of Australia, Series B2455 ID 1803191

Indigenous Australian, William Brown, 11th Light Horse Regiment

William Bert Brown was born at Boompa, via Gayndah, Qld in 1899 to Mataquil Ettie Brown. Just 18 years old, he was working as a stockman when he enlisted in Maryborough in July 1917.

William Brown embarked from Brisbane 19 December 1917 in the company of a number of other identified Indigenous soldiers, including Frederick Burnett, Harry Doyle, Frank Fisher, John Geary and James Lingwoodock. They arrived in Egypt January 1918 and were encamped with the other reinforcements at Moascar. This group of reinforcements the 20th for the 11th Light Horse, later became known as the Queensland Black Watch, and trained at the 4th Light Horse Training Depot before joining their comrades in the field.

Brown served for 6 months before being admitted to hospital, suffering from the effects of the harsh conditions. He later rejoined his regiment and returned safely to Australia in July 1919. William Brown married Daisy Malone in 1922.

William Bert Brown was also known as Sydney Brown - Maryborough Chronicle 27 August 1947 p. 4

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