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Born in Ballarat, Grenville and a Blacksmith by trade, Carl Brown was 18 years and single when enlisted on the 19th of July 1915 in the 8th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 4439. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 'Themistocles' on the 28th of January 1916. On the 1st of April 1916 taken on strength of 58th Battalion 2nd training Brigade Zeitoun ex 8th Battalion at Ferry Post; on the 12th of July 1916 to Hospital sick. On the 1st of August 1916 wounded in action, France and on the 9th of August 1916 rejoined Unit from Hospital, France. On the 22nd of November 1916 wounded in action 'In the Field'. On the 14th of January 1917 discharged from 3rd London General Hospital to Australia and was listed as returned to Australia on the 14th of January 1917 per 'Kanowna' ex England to 3rd Military District on the 8th of March 1917 gunshot wound right Buttock and left forearm. Discharged 3rd Military District on the 29th of April 1917. Tree No.1697