G.S.M. 1918-62 one clasp 'Palestine' (Rfmn., R. Bde.); 1939-45 Star, Africa Star; Defence & War Medals. The medals are mounted for display on a large board by Toye Kenning & Spencer; adhered to the display are a title, a photo of the Halfaya-Sollum War Cemetery, the named condolence slip, the named box of issue for the G.S.M. and the box of issue for the W.W.2. awards. With a bronze medallion from Vernon Square School, reverse engraved "Diving - 2nd - H. Brown - 1932". 6913630 Rfmn. Henry Brown, 2nd Bn. Rifle Brigade, was born and lived in London; he died of wounds on 26/12/40 and is buried in Halfaya-Sollum War Cemetery. With a photocopy of the Battalion War Diary which states - "December 22nd. Arrival of battalion in new positions astride Bardia-Tobruk Road; a few hours after arrival 20 Savoias escorted by 19 fighters flew over at about 300 feet.......they were engaged by Bren and A.A. gun fire from a section of Bofors attached to the battalion. Although one Bofors was out of action the other was seen to damage three planes. The enemy aircraft replied with machine-gun fire from their tail gunners, wounding 6913630 Rfn. Brown and 6202963 Rfn. Graver of 'C' Coy. with explosive and .5-inch ammunition". The 2nd Rifle Brigade formed part of the original 7th Armoured Division ("Desert Rats") and took part in its early dramatic successes against the Italians in the Western Desert in 1940. With various original documents (see above) including family identity cards and ration book; a small family group photo; two Italian military permits dated earlier in 1940; two letters relating to his death; two letters relating to his earlier employment as a G.P.O. telephonist in London; and two long handwritten letters from Rfn. Brown, one at Gosport and the other in India. A scarce early casualty with excellent research and original documentation. This is a large and heavy item - overseas customers please contact us before ordering.
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