Topic: Michael Leonard Brown

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Michael Leonard Brown (Service no. 25/937) was a First World War soldier with links to Marshland.

Michael Leonard BrownMichael Brown was a rifleman in the 3rd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade.

Born on May 24th 1895, he was the son of Michael and Isabella Brown of Ohapuku, near Kaiapoi. Working as a farm hand on the family farm.

He enlisted on the 14th October 1915, at 20 years of age. He was described in his service record as being 5 foot 10 inches (178cm) tall and weighed140 pounds(63.5kg) with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. He had registered for national service in Kaiapoi. At the time of enlistment, he had served general training in Leeston.

On the 13th of August, he was sent to grenade school and rejoined his unit on the 20th.

On the 2nd October 1916, he was wounded in the back and admitted to hospital in Etaples. He died in hospital on the 24th October and was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.  He was 21 years old.

His father was sent Michael’s British War Medal on 28th September 1921 and the Victory Medal on 7th August 1922.

Michael Leonard Brown is remembered with honour on the Marshland School Honours Board and the Wall and gates in front of the Marshland Public Hall, Marshland Road.


Related resources

  • Michael Leonard Brown Commonwealth Wargraves Commission record.
  • Michael Leonard Brown Cenotaph record. Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Michael Leonard Brown Archway record. Archives New Zealand
  • Roll of honour, Timaru Herald, Volume CV, Issue 16113, 7 November 1916, page 5.
  • PTE. M. J.'BROWN, son of Mr. Michael Brown, Kaiapoi, reported died of wounds. Auckland Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 288, 2 December 1916.
  • MARSHLAND SCHOOL, Press, Volume LV, Issue 16646, 6 October 1919
  • THE MARSHLAND MEMORIAL, Press, Volume LXI, Issue 18284, 19 January 1925

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Michael Leonard Brown

First Names:Michael Leonard
Last Name:Brown