THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
BROWN Charles Henry Jeffries
15/14, Major, temp Lieutenant Colonel, Canterbury Battalion

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 8 November 1915, p11027
Gallipoli 25 April 1915 to 7 June 1915.  This officer did invaluable work as Provost Marshall of this Division, from the landing up to 5th May, when he was appointed to command the Canterbury Battalion.  In the latter capacity he proved an especially capable and excellent leader and commander and I look upon him as a most valuable officer.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 5 November 1915, p11003
Mentioned in General I. Hamilton’s despatch of the 26th August 1915 (Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Expeditionary Force).

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p390
Operations Switch Trench, south east of High Wood 15th September: Flers Trench and Flers Support Trench, 19th, 20th and 21st September; Grid Trench 1st October 1916.  Lieutenant Colonel CHJ BROWN is a born leader of men and possessed of magnificent courage and determination.  The manner in which he organised the three attacks in which his battalion took part during the above operations, and the example that he has set of courage and devotion to duty has been an inspiration.  Since taking over command of this battalion in June 1916, his work has been beyond praise.  I cannot speak too highly of his soldierly qualities and consider him worthy of special distinction.  He is a commanding officer quite out of the ordinary.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13575
For his exceptionally good work prior to and during the Messines operations, as Commander of the 1st New Zealand Infantry Brigade.  By his great devotion to duty, and personal disregard of danger, he was an inspiration and set a fine example to all those under his command.  His death was a severe loss to the Division and to the Service.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (3)
NZ Territorial Service Medal

NOTES
Born 8 May 1872, Christchurch, NZ
Killed in Action 8 June 1917, Messines
Buried grave 265, Plot III, Row C, Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension