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Private Leon Brown

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Leon Ernest Brown

Ancestor's date of birth: 11/09/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 26/09/1956

Cause of Death: Coronary Thrombosis

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Labourer, joined 3rd Battalion Royal East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) on 8th November 1895 and served until 29th March 1899 when he purchased his discharge. Service number was 4653. Then he joined the 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers at Hastings, Sussex and was with them until January 1901. On 3 January 1901 he joined the 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment at Hastings and was given a new service number, 8458.

Service Number: 8458

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: Hastings, Sussex, UK

Unit: 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 03/01/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 03/01/1901

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Not Known, Date of Sailing: 23/01/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1902 clasps. 1915/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: His father died when he was four years old and he spent several years in Tenterden, Kent Workhouse.

Reasons to go and fight: Possibly to escape poverty.

Details of service in war: He served in South Africa from 23 January 1902 until 15 June 1902 when he went to St Helena until 11 September 1902.

Service and life after the Boer War: Served until 1907, then rejoined the Royal Sussex Regiment on 12 October 1914, was given a new service number, 2688. He was discharged as unfit on 10 July 1916 and was awarded the Silver War Badge. He rejoined the Royal Sussex Regiment on 10 April 1921 during the Irish Emergency and was discharged 6 July 1921.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Glynn Brown, LAVINGTON NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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