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Harold William Brown was born in Ballarat and was a Farm Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 57th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement on 21 March 1917 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917. Shortly after his arrival in England he was hospitalised at Seaforth, suffering from mumps. In January 1918 he joined the 38th Battalion in France where, on July 25th he was wounded in action, suffering gas poisoning. In early November 1918 he was hospitalised with influenza, and was in hospital when the Armistice was signed. He returned to Australia on the Argyllshire, disembarking at Melbourne on September 22nd 1919.
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