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John Browne

Rank: Private
Street: Albion Hotel,
Town/Village: Westport
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: New Zealand
Alternative Address: Lanesborough Co. Longford; Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon
Census 1901: Resident at Cloontuskert
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: 'B' Company, 3rd Battalion, Auckland Regiment, New Zealand
Regiment Number: 70668
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the war

John was born in either Ballyleague or Lanesborough on 22 December 1889; a Longford address is given twice on his papers and Roscommon once. He served at the front but in 1918 he got a pass to visit his mother in Longford and did not return to Camp Sling.

This was no surprise as there were 4600 New Zealand troops stationed at the camp and the camp became a repatriation centre. At that time there was unrest in other camps as a result of delays in demobilising troops. To try to restore order the 'spit and polish' regime was enforced and route marches ordered.

The men requested a relaxation of discipline as the war was over and they were far from home, however this was refused and the troops rioted, stealing food from the mess and all of the alcohol from the officers' mess. John was court martialled in his absence and as a consequence forfeited his medals.

Parents Names: Son of Edward and Maria Browne

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