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A plaque commemorates the highly decorated soldier and Boer War veteran, Brigadier-General A.J Bessell Browne who died in 1947.

Bessell-Browne enlisted in the Perth Artillery Volunteers and was a sergeant in 1899 when he volunteered for South Africa, enlisting in the 1st Western Australian (Mounted Infantry) Contingent as a private. His unit reached Cape Town in November 1899 and participated in the Kimberley Relief Force and operations at Colesburg, Hoot Neck, Zand River, Klipps River, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Diamond Hill, Wittenbergen, Bothaville, the Orange Free State, Transvaal and Cape Colony.

He was was promoted through all the non-cmmissioned officer ranks and was commissioned as a lieutenant on 21 April 1900. He returned to Australia in March 1901 but immediately joined the 5th Western Australian Contingent as a lieutenant, serving as adjutant and then second in command. He was promoted to captain in June 1901 and in July was was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).


Address:Fraser Avenue , Botanic Garden on Krupps Cannon Boer War Memorial, Kings Park, 6005
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.955048
Long: 115.844447
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902


Front Inscription

South African & Imperial Veterans
  —      Association. —   
This Tablet Honours The Memory Of

Brigadier General AJ Bessell Brownie
   C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D.
( A South Africa Veteran )
Died 3rd August 1947.

General President Of The Association
    Since Its Inception
Trusty And Well Beloved.

Source: MA
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