BROWN, Francis
(Service number 7/1701)

Aliases Frank
First Rank Corporal Last Rank Gunner


Date 26 January 1885 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 12 July 1915 Age 30 years 6 months
Address at Enlistment Ohape Post-office, Timaru
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John BROWN (father), Ohape Post-office, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9½ inches. Weight 189 lbs. Chest measurement 37-39½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight and hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 7th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Aparimo or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Field Artillery

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 30 November 1917 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 25 December 1960 Age 75 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Notices Timaru Herald, 27 December 1960
Memorial or Cemetery Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block PR30, Plot 26
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis BROWN was a son of John and Louisa (nee KIRBY) BROWN, of "Riverslea", Temuka. Frank was educated Milford and Temuka schools.

Corporal Frank (service no. 7/1701) embarked for the Suez on 9 October 1915 with the Seventh Reinforcement, Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He had previously enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force at Trentham on 25 August 1915, aged 30 years and 6 months. His attestation sheet shows that he was a self-employed farmer and his medical examination showed that he was healthy. Francis' service sheet shows that throughout his service he travelled through Suez, Cairo, Zeitoun, Alexandria, France, and Boulogne and had at various times held the ranking of Trooper, Corporal, and Gunner. Francis developed Pleurisy while serving in France in March 1917. He was transferred to a Hospital in Walton, England and was classified as unfit for service in April 1917. He spent some time convalescing at Hopechurch, England before returning to NZ in July 1917 aboard the SS Arawa. He was discharged from the army on 30 November 1917.

For his service Francis recieved the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His total period of service was 2 years, 98 days – comprised of 112 days in NZ and 1 year and 351 days overseas in Egypt and France. There is a War Memorial located next to Sutherlands District Hall on the Pleasant Point-Fairlie Highway which includes name of soldiers who served in the Great War. The name 'F. Brown' appears on memorial.

Francis died on 26 December 1960, aged 75 years 11 months.

Francis' brothers David and James BROWN also served in WWI.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 May 2014]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0018840) [20 August 2014]; Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch burial records (Christchurch City Council) [22 August 2014]; Headstone transcription Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiche) [22 August 2014]; Timaru Herald, 27 December 1960 (Timaru District Library) [22 August 2014]; Timaru Herald, 27 August 1915 (Papers Past) [22 August 2014]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [31 August 2014]; NZ BDM historical records iIndexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 August 2014]; SCRoll web submission by A Maze, 8 May 2020

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