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MM GV (23 Sjt. T. H. Brown. R. Can: Dns.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4475 Pte. T. Brown. 7/D. Gds:);
KSA (2) (4475 Pte. T. Brown. 7/D. Gds:);
AGS 1902 (1) Somaliland 1902-04 (4475 Pte. T. Brown 7/D. Gds:);
1914-15 Star (23 Cpl. T. H. Brown. R. Can: Dns:) the number 3 appearing impressed as an inverted 2;
BWM (23 Sjt. T. H. Brown. R.C.D.);
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MM London Gazette 14 May 1919.
Thomas Henry Brown was born in 1880 in South Bermondsey, Surrey and attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment at Hertford on 12 September 1898. He was immediately transferred to the 7th Dragoon Guards and served with them during the Boer War in South Africa from February 1900. Remaining in South Africa after the conclusion of hostilities he was posted to Somaliland in January 1903 and served there until July, taking part in the expedition against Muhammed bin Abdullah under Brigadier General W. H. Manning. He returned to England for 9 months and, having extended his service, was reposted to the 5th Dragoon Guards. Embarking for South Africa once more in May 1904, he remained there until December 1908, and returning home was discharged in September 1910 after 12 years with the colours, his conduct being described as exemplary.
Brown served during the Great War with the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He advanced to Sergeant and was awarded the Military Medal. The Royal Canadian Dragoons disembarked in France on 5 May 1915 and fought dismounted in an infantry role as part of Seely's Detachment with the 1st Canadian Division. The regiment remounted on 24 January 1916 and returned to its cavalry role as part of the 1st Canadian Cavalry Brigade, continuing to fight in France and Flanders until the end of the war.