The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Sydney Thomas
- Regimental #:
- 'D' Company, 13 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Burracoppin, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Sydney George Brown
- Mothers's Name:
- Emma Brown (Nee Arnold)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 30.
- Cause of Death:
- Died of Wounds
- Place of Death:
- 2/9th Field Ambulance
- Date of Death:
Brown enlisted AIF 23 Oct 1940 and later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘D’ Coy No. 13 Platoon as a Batman/Runner under Commanding Officer Lt Wankey. Please read further about this Platoon.
Brown was wounded in action at the 14 mile peg on Lim Chu Kong Road on 8.2.1942. He was taken to 2/9th Field Ambulance in same truck that evacuated Lieutenant Wankey. It is believed Sydney Thomas Brown died of shock in hospital as a result of his wounds.
Sydney Thomas was the eldest of two sons born to Emma (nee Arnold) and Sydney George Brown at Burracoppin. Emma was born in Essex England and Sydney George was born in Victoria.
Sydney George died 22 Oct 1913 at Kalgoorlie aged 32 years. He was buried at Kalgoorlie Cemetery.
Sydney Brown (Jnr’s) younger brother Arnold George born 1913 also enlisted. He died 9 January 1942, El Alamein. He had travelled to New Zealand to work and was living in there when he enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He did all his training in NZ then went to England in 1941. A letter written by Arnold to his Mother dated 20 April 1940 from New Zealand says that he will be going to the UK.
Emma remarried 1915 at East Coolgardie to Louis Albert Horn. Emma and Louis had two children. Harold Louis Horn was born 1918 and Elizabeth Ellen Horn was born 1920.
In the 1936 and 1937 Electoral Rolls Sydney Brown was recorded residing at 412 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, occupation miner. This was the home of his mother Emma and her second husband Louis Horn.
Emma Horn died 30 July 1953 at Kalgoorlie aged 71 years. Her husband Louis Albert Horn died 18 October 1945. They were both buried at Kalgoorlie cemetery.