Biography

Birth date: 17 May 1894
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Hobart
Death date: 12 April 1974
Final rank: Air Commodore
Conflict: 2058 - First World War, 1914-1918
Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Royal Flying Corps
  • 1st Australian Division
  • 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • 5th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • 9th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • No. 25 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Gunner
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Hobart

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 9th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 9th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 9th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 1st Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 9th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: Royal Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Military Medal

  • Unit: 5th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

P00046.072

Turnberry, Scotland. 1917-04. Informal group portrait of No. 9 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, trainees in a RFC School of Aerial Gunnery course with a Lewis .303 light machine gun. Left to right, back row: ? Allabarton, ? Atteridge, ? De Rochie, Captain Fleming MC; front row: Corb???, ? Davis, ?...

P00046.072

P00046.073

Turnberry, Scotland. 1917-04. Office Cadet (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell with a Lewis .303 light machine gun on a tripod during a course at the Royal Flying Corps School of Aerial Gunnery. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store)

P00046.073

P00046.075

Denham, England. 1916-12. Group portrait of training cadets of B Squadron, Royal Flying Corps Cadet Battalion, who were mainly Australians who had previously served in the AIF before being selected for pilot training. Amongst the group was (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell. (Original...

P00046.075

P00046.077

St Marie-Capelle, France. 1917-09. Informal portrait of Captain (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell, No. 45 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, in his flying suit. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store)

P00046.077

P00046.080

Istrana, Italy. 1918-01. Informal portrait of Lieutenant H. M. (Mike) Moody (left, smoking cigarette) and Captain (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell, No. 45 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, in new flying kit they had recently been issued. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store)

P00046.080

P00046.081

Istrana, Italy, 1918-01. Wearing full flying gear, members of No. 45 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, speak with two Italian pilots on the airfield. Left to right: (6) unidentified Italian pilot; (5) ? Williams; (6) unidentified Italian pilot; (4) ? Watts; (3) Lieutenant H. M. (Mike) Moody; (1)...

P00046.081

P00046.082

Biancade, Italy. 1918-02-22. Extensively damaged Sopwith Camel aircraft flown by Captain Raymond James Brownell, No. 45 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. He had been forced to crash land the aircraft due to engine failure while returning from a mission over Austria. Note the small crowd of local adults...

P00046.082

P00046.084

France. 1917. Australian pilots serving with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), Raymond James Brownell (left) and Cedric Ernest Howell (right), stand outside a hut at an unidentified airfield in France. Brownell was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for action while serving with the AIF and in late 1916...

P00046.084

P00046.004

Pontville, Tasmania. 1914-08. Members of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), move through the town on horseback as they return from shell firing practice. Third row from the front on the far left is 2058 Bombardier (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell who commanded the...

P00046.004

P00046.005

Pontville, Tasmania. 1914-09. Group portrait of members of the Staff of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB) with range finding instruments, signalling flags and heliographs. Back row, fourth from the left is 2058 Bombardier (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell with one of...

P00046.005

P00046.006

Pontville, Tasmania. 1914-10-19. Members of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), formed up at the training camp where they had been for six weeks before embarkation for the Middle East the following day. On leaving the camp they marched through Hobart to Ocean Pier. Marked with a...

P00046.006

P00046.010

Mena, Egypt. 1915-01. Members of the right section (Lieutenant Crisp's section) of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), in their lines ready for an inspection. The horse rugs are laid in front, then saddlery, then beds in a waterproof sheet and their kits placed on top. The bell...

P00046.010

P00046.012

Mena, Egypt. 1915-01. 2058 Bombardier (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell, 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), with a Zeiss range finder on a tripod. Brownell was using the new instrument, which weighed fourteen pounds without the stand, to take a range during a training...

P00046.012

P00046.013

Mena, Egypt. 1915-01. 2058 Bombardier (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell, 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), while seated on one of his camels, pulls another behind him to collect fodder. Note the rope and hessian bags Brownell is sitting on. (Original housed in AWM Archive...

P00046.013

P00046.019

Group portrait of Battery staff of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3 FAB), seated on horses in front of the sphinx and pyramids. Identified left to right :- 1983 Edgar Edward Ernest Evans; 1947 James (Jim) Bayley Bayly; 2009 Vivian Leary; either 1969 Harold Crawford or 1970 Norman...

P00046.019

P00046.029

Gallipoli. 1915-12. Sand bagged exterior of the dugout used by 2058 Bombardier (Acting Corporal) Raymond James Brownell, 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB). Note the other dugout further up the hill behind this one. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store)

P00046.029

P00046.030

Gallipoli. c. 1915-06. Exterior of the dugout shared by 2058 Bombardier (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell and 2006 John (Jack) Garnet Knight of 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB) for about four months during the summer. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store) (Donor R....

P00046.030

P00046.033

Gallipoli. 1915-07. Dugouts of the headquarters of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), on the side of a hill. 1947 James (Jim) Bayly stands outside the dugout used by 2058 Bombardier (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell on the far centre left. (Original housed in AWM...

P00046.033

P00046.035

Informal portrait of 2058 Sergeant (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell, 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), and his brother Captain Herbert Percival (Val) Brownell DSO, 7th Field Ambulance, standing outside a dugout. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store) (Donor R. Sandover)

P00046.035

P00046.045

Victoria Gully, Gallipoli. 1915-12-19. The side of the hill above the gully with the following features marked on the original print: Artillery Road (far left); dugout formerly used by 2058 Acting Corporal (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell, 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB)...

P00046.045

P00046.050

Poperinghe, France. 1916-10. Group portrait of members of the Australian rules football team of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade. They were unbeaten between 1916-02 and 1916-11 and were known as the `Battery 18'. Amongst the team were five members of the Rialannah (Tas) Football Team...

P00046.050

P00046.051

Manilla, Philippines. 1945-08-20. Informal group portrait of members of the Australian Mission Group at the Japanese surrender talks. Left to right: Commodore John Collins, RAN; Lieutenant General Frank H. Berryman DSO; Captain Roy R. Dowling, RAN; Air Commodore Raymond James Brownell, RAAF....

P00046.051

P00046.052

Morotai, Netherlands East Indies. 1945-10-30. Port front view of a Beaufort aircraft (A9-299) known as `The Trump' on the airfield. It was used by Air Commodore Raymond James Brownell, RAAF, Officer Commanding No. 11 Group, South West Pacific Area. Note the Air Commodore pennant painted on the...

P00046.052

P00046.053

Morotai, Netherlands East Indies. 1945-11-23. Informal portrait of Air Commodore Raymond James Brownell, RAAF, Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group, South West Pacific Area, with his Beaufort aircraft known as `The Trump'. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store)

P00046.053

P00046.055

Formal studio portrait of Air Commodore Raymond James Brownell CBE MC MM, RAAF, wearing his service medals. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store)

P00046.055

P00046.060

Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Lauriston Brownell, 12th Battalion. A grazier from Claremont, Tasmania, prior to enlistment on 3 September 1915, he embarked from Hobart aboard HMAT Ballarat on 8 August 1916 for Plymouth, England. He was transferred to the 27th Battalion on 18...

P00046.060

P00046.061

1916-11. Studio portrait of Officer Cadet (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell in his Royal Flying Corps cadet uniform. Note the Military Medal (MM) he is wearing. (Original housed in AWM Archive Store)

P00046.061

P00046.065

Informal portrait of friends from Tasmaniain the grounds of the Central Flying School, Upavon. Left to right: Bombardier James Hoskins Clennett ; Cadet Sergeant (later Air Commodore) Raymond James Brownell; and Cadet Sergeant Alan R Brown. Brownell and Brown were taking part in Royal Flying Corps...

P00046.065

Heraldry

Commander of the Order of the British Empire : Air Commodore R J Brownell

Neck badge of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Geo VI). Unnamed as issued.

REL/09352.001

1914-15 Star : Gunner R J Brownell, 3 Field Artillery Brigade, AIF

1914-15 Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details.

REL/09352.004

Pacific Star : Air Commodore R J Brownell, Royal Australian Air Force

Pacific Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details.

REL/09352.007

Defence Medal : Air Commodore R J Brownell, Royal Australian Air Force

Defence Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/09352.008

British War Medal 1939-45 : Air Commodore R J Brownell, Royal Australian Air Force

British War Medal 1939-45. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/09352.009

Australia Service Medal : Air Commodore R J Brownell, Royal Australian Air Force

Australia Service Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/09352.010

George VI Coronation Medal : Wing Commander R J Brownell, Royal Australian Air Force

George VI Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

REL/09352.011

Military Cross : Captain R J Brownell, Royal Flying Corps

Military Cross (Geo V). Privately engraved reverse with recipient's details.

REL/09352.002

British War Medal 1914-20 : Captain R J Brownell, Royal Air Force

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/09352.005

Victory Medal : Captain R J Brownell, Royal Air Force

Victory Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/09352.006

Military Medal : 2058 Sergeant R J Brownell, 3 Field Artillery Brigade, AIF

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

REL/09352.003

Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-05-17
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-08-29
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-09-07
Date of death 1974-04-12