Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown VC.

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    liverpool annie New Member

    In Memory of
    V C
    8/3504, 2nd Bn., Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
    who died age 26
    on 01 October 1916
    Son of Robert and Jessie Brown, of Wharf St., Oamaru, New Zealand. Native of Dunedin.

    Remembered with honour

    Grave in Warlencourt British Cemetery of Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown VC. New Zealand Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Killed in action 1st October 1916 aged 26 years.

    An extract from the London Gazette records; “For most conspicuous bravery and determination in attack (south-east of High Wood, France on September 15, 1916) when the company to which he belonged had suffered very heavy casualties in officers and men from machine gun fire. At great personal risk this N.C.O.advanced with a comrade and succeeded in reaching a point within 30 yards of the enemy guns. Four of the gun crew were killed and the gun captured. The advance of the company was continued until it was again held up by machine-gun fire. Again Sergeant Brown and his comrade, with great gallantry, rushed the gun and killed the crew. After this second position had been won, the company came under very heavy shell fire, and the utter contempt for danger and coolness under fire of this N.C.O. did much to keep up the spirit of his men. On a subsequent occasion in attack Sergeant Brown showed most conspicuous gallantry. He attacked, single handed, a machine-gun which was holding up the attack, killed the gun crew, and captured the gun. Later, while sniping the retreating enemy, this very gallant soldier was killed.”

    Son of Robert and Jessie Brown of Wharf Street, Oamaru, New Zealand. Native of Dunedin.

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