Private Patrick “Paddy” Brown (VX26172) served in 2/23 Battalion, Australian Infantry during the Second World War. Born on 25th January 1901, he was the son of William Brown and Ann Jane Brown of 52 Ferguson Street, Derry~Londonderry.
In civilian life, Paddy had been a a member of the Ulster Special Constabulary during the early 1920s. In the mid-1920s, he emigrated to Australia, where at the outbreak of the Second World War, he worked as a miner in the town of Carlton.
Paddy enlisted in the Australian Infantry on 18th June 1940 in Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. On 2nd July 1940, he transferred to No. 8 Training Depot, and by 16th November 1940, he was bound for North Africa where he arrived almost exactly one month later.
Private Brown died on 5th April 1941 aged 39 years old while serving in Libya. He sustained fatal injuries as a result of machine-gunning from an enemy plane. At first, Paddy was buried close to where he fell. His name is on Column 92 of the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.