BROWN, Clarence Victor
(Service number 32300)

Aliases Known as Chad
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 10 February 1894 Place of Birth Pahiatua

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o W. Burford, Queen Street, Waimate
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs W. BROWN (mother), Weka Road, Fendalton, Christchurch
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
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Date 16 November 1946 Age 52 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 34, Plot 226
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Clarence Victor Brown, known as Chad, was born on 10 February 1894 at Pahiatua, the youngest son of William and Susannah Elizabeth (née White) Brown. In 1902 Clarence transferred from Lincoln School to Waihaorunga School. He was admitted to West Christchurch from Waihaorunga in June 1904, after which he spent time in Sydney and Queensland, before being admitted to Sumner School at the beginning of the 1906 school year and leaving there for Redcliffs School in August 1907.

Clarence was a farm hand residing at Waimate when he enlisted. He named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs W. Brown, Weka Road, Fendalton, Christchurch. His father, of Motukaika, South Canterbury, had died at Christchurch in 1914. Rifleman C. V. Brown embarked with the 10th Reinforcements on 15 November 1916, leaving from Wellington for Plymouth, England. Clarence Brown married Ruby Ada Louisa Smart in 1920. He died on 16 November 1946 at Christchurch, aged 52, and was buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 August 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch) [07 August 2021]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [07 August 2021]; Timaru Herald, 4 April 1914 (Papers Past) [07 August 2021]

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