Brown was with an advance party which took over
some newly captured trenches near Accroche Wood and, on being told
that a sniper’s post was causing trouble, he located the enemy
strong point, picked up two Mills bombs and ran towards it under
fire. His first bomb fell short, but on reaching the post he knocked
one German down with his fist and threatened the others with the
remaining Mills bomb. The whole party, consisting of one officer and
twelve men of 137th Infantry Regiment, surrendered and Brown
shepherded them back to the Australian lines.
He re-enlisted in World War 2, giving his age
as 39 (instead of 54). On 15 February 1942 in Singapore, which was
about to be surrendered to the Japanese, he was last seen picking up
some grenades and walking towards the enemy saying: ‘No surrender
for me.’ His body was never recovered.