Stories of Remembrance

Army, First World War (1914-18)Claude Brown,

Claude Brown helped the diggers with their fight to win against the Germans and the Turks and was a little part of a big action. He gave up his life for his country and even lost his father along the way. He was one of the thousands who gave their lives for the protection of Australia and are who we commemorate on ANZAC Day.
Priya Reddy, St Monica's College, Epping

Claude Brown was an Australian soldier during the First World War. He was in the 11th Battalion and enlisted in Perth. A child to William Brown and an unknown woman, he was born in Lalor, Victoria in May 1893. In his family, he had his older sister and older brother and his parents. Their religion was the Church of England (Anglican). His family moved to Perth and here he attended a state school for his education. Claude enlisted for the Australian Army on 10 May 1915; he is said to have been 21-22 years old. He joined the 11th Battalion and sailed to Gallipoli to fight at the battle at ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine. He survived through the Gallipoli campaign and witnessed many of his friends die in action. After he returned from Gallipoli, he was sent to France, Pozieres, where he battled in the Western Front. Claude fought there until he died, on 25 July 1915. There were multiple accounts of his death but most of the causes of his death were due to shrapnel hitting his body and causing fatal injuries. One of the accounts stated that ‘He was with the ration party when he was struck by shrapnel and fell…. He was later examined and found dead’. Claude Brown helped the diggers with their fight to win against the Germans and the Turks and was a little part of a big action. He gave up his life for his country and even lost his father along the way. He was one of the thousands who gave their lives for the protection of Australia and are who we commemorate on ANZAC Day.

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