Donald Forrester Brown
Donald Forrester Brown, VC was a New Zealand recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was awarded the VC for his actions during the Battle of Flers–Courcelette. His VC was the second to be awarded to a soldier serving with the NZEF during the war.
About Donald Forrester Brown in brief
Donald Forrester Brown, VC was a New Zealand recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was awarded the VC for his actions during the Battle of Flers–Courcelette in September 1916. His VC was the second to be awarded to a soldier serving with the NZEF during the war and was the first earned in an action on the Western Front. As he was killed several days later, the award was made posthumously. Brown was a farmer when the First World War began. He volunteered for service abroad with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in late 1915 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, the Otago Infantry Regiment. He died in the battle of Le Transloy on October 1, 1916, and was buried in Oamaru, New Zealand, on October 2, 1916.
He is buried in a plot of land owned by the family of his late wife, Jessie née McFarlane, who had married in New Zealand in 1913. Brown is survived by his wife, two children and a step-son. He leaves behind a wife and two grandchildren. For more information on the VC, visit www.victorycross.org.uk or go to www.justgiving.com/Donald-Forrester-Brown-Victoria-Cross-Posthumously-Awarded-for-Valour-in-The-Face-of-the-Enemy. For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details. In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255 or visit http://www.samaritans.org/.