Sydney BROWN #7087

Sydney Brown

Indigenous Australian, Sydney BROWN, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalions.

Private Sydney Brown, was born in Winton, Queensland in 1891 and was working as a labourer when he enlisted in Townsville, 11 October 1915. Sydney Brown had no known living relatives, and named his friend Robert Thorban of Blackall as his next of kin.

Initially assigned to the 28th Reinforcements for the 9th Infantry Battalion, he trained at the army base at Enoggera before departing from Brisbane on board HMAT Kyarra 17 November 1916.

Whilst enroute for England, Sydney Brown contracted Mumps and was admitted to the ships’ hospital. When he arrived in England he was admitted to the Parkhouse Military Hospital for isolation and further treatment. When he eventually joined the allied forces in France in May 1917 he was transferred to the 49th Infantry Battalion.

Private Brown was wounded in action 9 April 1918, he received a bullet in his hand while the Battalion was defending positions around Dernancourt on the River Ancre on the Western Front. His injuries were treated in hospital in England and while waiting to return to his unit several months later, he contracted Influenza. Brown was able to rejoin his unit in August 1918.

Sydney Brown returned safely to Australia in April 1919 where he took up employment on Elderslie Station, in central western Queensland.

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