William Bert BROWN #2422

William Bert Brown

Indigenous Australian, Trooper William BROWN, 11th Light Horse Regiment.

William Bert Brown was born at Boompa, via Gayndah, Qld in 1899 to R & Ettie Mataquil. He was working as a Stockman when he enlisted in Maryborough 11 July 1917.

William Brown embarked from Brisbane 19 December 1917 in the company of a number of other 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 later which became known as the Queensland Black Watch, trained at the 4th Light Horse Training Depot before joining their comrades in the field.

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

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Marg Powell & Des Crump  |  QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland