William John BROWN DSO

William John Brown DSO Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Drayton
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Farmer
Enlisted
22-August-1914
Place
Toowoomba
Age
37 (actually 41 years 9 months)
Status
Single
Service No
272
Rank
Squadron Staff Sergeant Major
Unit
2nd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
Embarked
24-September-1914
Place
Brisbane
Active Service
Egypt, Gallipoli, Middle East
Highest rank
Major
Honours and Awards
Distinguished Service Order
Fate
Returned to Australia
June 1919
Notes

Name on ROH: W.F. BROWN

 

William Brown served as a Private in the Boer War with the 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry Contingent (1899-1901) and the 1st Commonwealth Horse Queensland Unit (1902).

 

William Brown served at Gallipoli from May to November 1915.  In Egypt in June 1916 he was hospitalised in Cairo with ‘mild debility’, promoted to Captain in July and invalided to Australia to recuperate in August.  He returned to Egypt in December. William was promoted to Major in June 1918 and earned a DSO in July. He returned to Australia in June 1919.

 

Distinguished Service Order citation: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 14th July 1918 in command of a post near Mussulabeh which was heavily shelled. The enemy attacked it in strength, but were repulsed. Major Brown, leaving sufficient of his garrison to protect his front, directed the bulk of his machine gun and rifle fire on to an enemy concentration in Wahi Dhib, and also took their parties attacking Abu Talbut right in reverse, inflicting heavy casualties and demoralising the enemy. Thereby he materially assisted the counter attack by another cavalry regiment later in morning. Throughout the operations he handled his command with great coolness and judgment.” (Awarded 1 February 1919)