THERE is an Eaglehawk family which made an extremely significant contribution to the war effort during World War II.
Speaking at this year's Anzac service in Eaglehawk on Sunday, local woman Raye Fleay (Brown) will share the stories of her nine uncles who all enlisted in the Australian Army during the 1940s.
"I felt it was an opportunity to share the story of my family's valuable contribution to the war effort," she said.
She is proud to share the history of her family's service to society and their involvement in community life.
"We heard many stories of their escapades throughout our childhood, but most were based on humour and the camaraderie they experienced during the war years," she said.
"Although they had little education, each family member made a valuable contribution to society through their working life and community service.
"I think that has been their greatest legacy, as involvement in community life has continued through subsequent generations."
All 10 brothers from the Brown family enlisted in the armed services.
Raye said her father was assigned duties at the munitions factory in Melbourne, but his nine brothers served their country overseas.
All returned home after service but one, Claude Brown, and part of Raye's decision to speak is so that she can share his story.
At the beginning of September 1939 Australia entered the war.
Claude Vernon Brown, Harland and Elsie Brown's fourth child, enlisted in the Australian Army on March 27, 1940.
Born on January 30, 1910 Claude had attended Eaglehawk State School and after training as a hairdresser with Jimmy Potter in Eaglehawk.
After completing his apprenticeship Claude established a barber shop and billiard saloon in Pyramid Hill.
He was 30 years of age and unmarried when he enlisted at Royal Park.
Claude visited the family home while enroute to Melbourne and told his brothers that "one from each family is enough".
By the time the war was over, Claude and eight of his brothers had served overseas.
Claude Brown (VX38587) never returned.
He was a gunner with the 2/4th Anti Tank Regiment, he died on February 4, 1942 in Malaya, from wounds received during the battle at Muar Road.
Remembered on the Singapore Memorial, on the honour roll at Pyramid Hill and at the Eaglehawk Cemetery, Private CV Brown served his country for 673 days, including outside Australia for 367 days.
Raye's uncles include Private Tom Meredith Brown, Leading Aircraftman, George Harland Brown, Private Robert (Bob) Brown, Claude Vernon Brown, Corporal Francis Florimell Brown, Private Revis Azur Brown, Signalman, Basil Marcus Brown, Corporal Aubrey Morris Brown and Private Laurence Earle Brown.
Raye's aunties include Lois Brown and Melba Brown .
Lois received a 'Women of Australia' Medal as the closest relative of seven unmarried family members, plus a 'For Australia' medal representing the supreme sacrifice made by her brother Claude.
In 2020, Bev Hanson from the Eaglehawk Heritage Society contacted Raye regarding a Remembrance Day feature she was preparing for their Facebook site.
She developed a set of storyboards about Raye's father's family and their war service and they have been on display until recently at the Eaglehawk Museum.
The Brown brothers service ..
Private Tom Meredith Brown (VX71310) born 17/3/1906, enlisted Australian Army 7/1/1942. Discharged 12/6/1945. Posting at Discharge 2/1 Guard Regiment. Served his country 1253 days - outside Australia for 193 days.
Leading Aircraftman, George Harland Brown (158152) born 6/12/1904, enlisted RAAF 8/11/1944. Discharged 7/1/1946. Posting at Discharge 38 Operational Base Unit. Served his country 425 days - outside Australia for 229 days.
Private Robert (Bob) Brown (NX10720), born 16/11/1906, enlisted Australian Army 16/5/1941. Discharged 14/2/1946. Posting at Discharge 2/4 Pioneer Battalion. Served his country 1051 days - outside Australia for 316 days.
Claude Vernon Brown (VX38587) born 20/1/1910), enlisted Australian Army 27/3/1940. Died in Malaya 4/2/1942. Served his country for 673 days - outside Australia for 367 days.
John Barnett Brown (V69250) born 27/7/1914, enlisted Australian Army 10/9/1943. Posting at Discharge 24 Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps. Assigned to ICI Munitions Factory at Deer Park.
Corporal Francis Florimell Brown (VX86266) born 3/6/1917, enlisted Australian Army 3/8/1942. Discharged 2/4/1946. Posting at Discharge HQ 2 Australian PW Rec GP. Served his country 1570 days - outside Australia 115 days.
Private Revis Azur Brown (VX132843) born 28/7/1918), enlisted Australian Army 12/11/1942. Discharged 3/5/1946. Posting at Discharge 8 Australian Infantry Battalion. Served his country 1599 days - outside Australia for 646 days.
Signalman, Basil Marcus Brown (VX102561) born 8/12/1920, enlisted Australian Army 10/8/1942. Discharged 10/12/1945. Posting at Discharge Australian Infantry Battalion 58/59. Served his country 1502 days - outside Australia for 439 days.
Corporal Aubrey Morris Brown (VX128624) born 7/1/1923, enlisted Australian Army 12/7/1944. Discharged 4/2/1946. Posting at Discharge 16 Small Ships Coy AATNC (AIF). Served his country 1476 days - outside Australia 347 days.
Private Laurence Earle Brown (V501089) born 6/5/1924, enlisted Australian Army 31/7/1942. Discharged 1/191942. Posting at Discharge General Details Depot. Re-enlisted 3/8/1944 (VX128760) Signalman, discharged 16/12/1946. Posting at Discharge 2/24 Battalion. Served his country 1570 days - outside Australia 341 days.