Military Medal : 2058 Sergeant Raymond James Brownell, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, AIF

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Pozieres Area, Pozieres
Accession Number REL/09352.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Award
Physical description Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Military Medal (Geo V). Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

History / Summary

2058 Sergeant (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell, a Tasmanian, enlisted on 12 September 1914 in 9 Battery, 3 Field Artillery Brigade. He was discharged on 16 March 1917 on transfer to the Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force) for pilot training. He also served in the RAAF during WWII. Brownell was awarded the Military Medal(MM) in July 1916. The recommendation for the MM reads, 'At POZIERES, FRANCE on 21/22nd July 1916 Sergeant BROWNELL rendered particularly meritorious service in establishing and maintaining communication between firing line and battery under severe shell fire regardless of personal risk or fatigue. He consistently displayed gallantry in his work'. He was awarded the Military Cross in January 1918 for his success as a fighter pilot with 45 Squadron in France and Italy. Brownell was appointed Commander of the British Empire in January 1945 and retired from the RAAF in 1947.