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Yours Was a Hero's Crown

Henry Brown (1894-1947)

Henry George ‘Harry’ Brown, farm labourer, was the third child (and first son) born to Mary Olive (nee Everett) and ‘Bunny’ Brown, and a great grandson of Woreternemerunnertatteyane and Thomas Beeton.

Like his brother Marcus, Harry left the family home on Cape Barren Island in January 1916, and travelled south to Hobart to enlist. He embarked with reinforcements for the 12th Battalion, and in August 1916 transferred to the 52nd Battalion.

At the Battle of the Somme Harry was among units attacking Mouquet Farm which was held by the Germans. He was wounded in action, and reported to have suffered shellshock. After a period in hospital in London, he was returned home to Australia in May 1917.
Harry married Lily May Mansell. Follow her passing he married again, to Florence Maude Mansell.

The war put all Australian soldiers on an equal footing, regardless of their colour or creed.  Every Private in the A.I.F. was paid at the same rate, given the same uniform and kit and treated the same. Pictured here are officers and men of B Company, 12th Battalion, A.I.F, at Brighton, Tasmania.
The war put all Australian soldiers on an equal footing, regardless of their colour or creed. Every Private in the A.I.F. was paid at the same rate, given the same uniform and kit and treated the same. Pictured here are officers and men of B Company, 12th Battalion, A.I.F, at Brighton, Tasmania.

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