Montague Ambrose Brown

First Name: 
Montague
Middle Name: 
Ambrose
Last Name: 
Brown
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, July 10, 1889
Mother's Name: 
Mary Brown nee Porter
Father's Name: 
James Brown
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, January 26, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
2nd Lieutenant
Rank at Discharge: 
Captain
Unit: 
12th Light Horse Regiment
Company: 
A Squadron
Service: 
Cavalry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, July 6, 1975
Details: 

Montague Ambrose Brown was born in Bega, N.S.W., and came to Dapto, N.S.W., with his family at a young age.

He enlisted in the Militia around 1910, and spent 5 years with the 28th Light Horse Regiment, Unanderra Half Squadron. On 22nd December 1914, Montague received his commission to 2nd Lieutenant.

At enlistment, he was single, 25 years old, worked as a farmer and lived in Dapto, N.S.W.

Montague embarked on HMAT A29 Suevic, with the 12th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron, on 13th June 1915. He arrived in Egypt on 29th August 1915, and was attached to the 1st Light Horse Regiment, in Gallipoli, Turkey. Montague was promoted to Lieutenant that same day.

He returned to the 12th Light Horse Regiment, in Egypt, on 22nd February 1916. Montague was promoted to Captain on 9th September 1916, and saw service in Egypt and the Middle East, until he was discharged from the AIF, on 18th October 1917. He took a commission in the Indian Army on 18th October 1917, and served with them until he resigned, on 8th November 1922.

Montague returned to Australia and served with the Citizen Military Forces, from 1922 until 1940, when he enlisted for service in WW2. On 1st October 1936, he had been promoted to Major and then to Lieutenant Colonel, on 23rd November 1938.

In 1928, Montague married Ada Byrne, in Cootamundra, N.S.W.

On 26th June 1940, Lieutenant Colonel Montague Brown (Service No N11), saw service in Australia, and was on staff at No 12 POW camp in Cowra, N.S.W., during the Japanese breakout. He was discharged on 12th March 1945, and his discharge certificate notes the 2nd finger of his right hand had been amputated.

Montague died in 1975, and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, N.S.W.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BROWN M A

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