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Yours Was a Hero's Crown

Willard Brown (1899-?)

Willard Stanley Brown, the sixth child (and fourth son) born to Mary Olive (nee Everett) and ‘Bunny’ Brown, was a great grandson of Woreternemerunnertatteyane and Thomas Beeton.

Willard travelled to Hobart with his brothers Marcus and Harry in an effort to enlist. He claimed to be eighteen years of age, and although he was a striking 6 foot 1½ inches (187cm) tall, in fact he was still aged only sixteen. Upon discovery, Willard was promptly discharged for giving a false statement and for being underage.

Until May 1917, ‘half-caste Aborigines’ were not supposed to enlist.  Initially Willard’s application to enlist was accepted, despite his ‘very dark complexion’.
Until May 1917, ‘half-caste Aborigines’ were not supposed to enlist. Initially Willard’s application to enlist was accepted, despite his ‘very dark complexion’.

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