Go to Home Page - Archives New Zealand

Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, Sergeant D F Brown, VC, 1922

Ref: AAAC 898 NCWA 519

More About this Record

Born in Dunedin, Donald Forrester Brown (1890-1916) enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in October 1915, and sailed with the 9th Reinforcements that arrived in Egypt in January 1916. He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for showing "conspicuous bravery and determination in attack" on 15 September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. He charged and destroyed enemy machine-gun positions on three occassions, while under heavy artillery fire.

Sergeant Brown was killed in action on 1 October 1916 near Eaucourt L'Abbaye, France.

(Posthumous Portrait)

Oil, 1380 x 1050mm
Western Front; France; Battle of the Somme
Medals: Victoria Cross

Tags / Keywords