Raymond was the son of John and Helena Brown of Stannifer NSW. He was a nineteen year old Tin miner working with his father before enlisting at Inverell in April 1918. The residents of Stannifer organised a ‘send-off’ function at which he was presented with a wrist watch, fountain pen and medal.
Raymond joined the New South Wales Reinforcement 13 and left Australia on the ship HMAT A30 Borda in July 1918. After arriving in London, England in September he was admitted to hospital with measles. He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion and sent to France in January 1919. Two months later he was admitted to hospital with mumps. Whilst there he contracted smallpox and died on 22 April 1919.
Private Raymond Brown was buried with full military honours at St Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. His name is inscribed on the Tingha and Inverell Honor Rolls and the Inverell Cenotaph. He was one of the men for whom a memorial tree was planted in Kurrajong Parade, Inverell. His name is also recorded on the Stannifer and Old Mill Honour Board.