Eric and his brother Ambrose joined the AIF together in Brisbane on 25 Sep 1916 as Privates and they served together throughout the war. He was given No. 3130 (Ambrose was No. 3129), initially with 8th Reinforcements 49th Infantry Bn. At time of enlistment he was a farmer, 5ft 6in tall with medium complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair. He embarked from Sydney on "Demostenens" on 22 Dec 1916 and disembarked in Plymouth on 2 Mar 1917. Following a period of training in England he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on 15 Jun 1917. He proceeded to France from Folkestone on 18 Oct 1917. On 23 Oct 1917 he was taken on strength with 1 Machine Gun Coy (later 1 Machine Gun Bn) in France.
After returning to Australia, he farmed at Palm Vale on the Tweed until early 1924, when he sold up and moved to Queensland.
He married Elsie Bullock in 1922 (marriage registered in Murwillumbah).
In WWII he enlisted in the AMF at Dayboro, QLD on 12 Jul 1942 as Q201419. At the time he was living at Ocean View, Dayboro, QLD. He served in the 2nd Bn Volunteer Defence Corps and was discharged as a Sergeant on 21 Oct 1945.
In 1945, he was living at "Wynella", Dayboro, QLD.
He passed away in 1971.
Tweed Daily (Murwillumbah, NSW), Fri 25 Nov 1927, p.2
Mr. Eric Brown, who, with Mrs. Brown and their two children, came down from, Dayboro (Q.), for the Tweed Show, is a brother of Mr. Os. Brown, of Tumbulgum, and Mr. A. O. Brown, of Cudgera.
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