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Charles Bramley MANN

Regimental number5046
Place of birthPyramid Hill, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSelector
AddressMincha PO, Mincha, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 7.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Mann, Mincha PO, Mincha, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 8 years in the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 1 May 1917
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
94
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Pyramid Hill Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Charles Edward (d. 16 August 1927, aged 79; bu. Pyramid Hill) and Mary Maria (d. 20 June 1932, aged 79; bu. Pyramid Hill) MANN, Mincha, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 3 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 November 1916; joined 21st Bn, in the field, 22 November 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 26 November 1916.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 27 November 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 1 February 1917.

Killed in action, 1 May 1917.

Buried by 21st Bn Pioneers in Field Cemetery, 300 yards left of Noreuil on Banl Longatte Road: grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MANN Charles Bramley

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