Private Daniel Charles Brown
New Zealand Expeditionary Force - WWI
Service number: 55722
3rd Bn Otago Regiment, 10th Company
Born: 21 June 1889 in Palmerston South, New Zealand
Date of death: 1 December 1917 - age 28 - Belgium
Buried in Buttes New British Cemetery, Belgium Plot I. A. 8.
Daniel was the son of Robert and Jean Brown of Kirkwall St, Palmerston South, New Zealand.
He worked as a ploughman before he enlisted. Daniel was single and did not have any children.
1 May 1917 Enlisted into the Otago Regiment, at the age of 27 years.
Height: 5 feet 7 inches (1,73m)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
hair: dark brown
29 May 1917: Posted to "D" 28th Company
26 July 1917: Embarked New Zealand on the "HMNZT 90 Vessel Ulimaroa"
24 September 1917: Disembarked in Plymouth, UK
This photograph showing ULIMAROA in its WWI dazzle camouflage paint. ULIMAROA was requisitioned from Huddart Parker Limited by the New Zealand Government in 1916 for use as a troop and hospital ship, despite her being an Australia vessel.
She played an important role for New Zealand in WWI as a troop ship and returning injured soldiers from the front.
24 September 1917: Marched in ex reinforcement, "D" Company 4th Otago Regiment
26 October 1917: Left for France, proceeding overseas, 4th Otago Regiment
29 October 1917: Attached strength in Etaples
9 November 1917: Formed Battalion, posted to 10th Company
1 December 1917: Killed in Action. His brother Robert who also lived in Palmerston was listed as the NOK (Next of Kin).
On Thursday 12 October 2017 I attended the New Zealand ceremonies for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and planted a tree in the "Wood of Peace" in honour of Private Daniel Charles Brown, a very moving moment.