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Albert Victor BRACHER

Regimental number38
Place of birthNorton, near Worcester, Worcestershire, England
SchoolElementary School, Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCane-grower
AddressBremston Terrace, Herston Estate, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Bracher, Tregantle, Copt Elm Road, Cheltenham, England
Previous military serviceServed 6 years in the Royal Navy.
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Sergeant
Unit name25th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBorn in Norton but lived in Charlton Kings from the age of 4.
FateKilled in Action 29 July 1916
Date of death29 July 1916
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
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
103
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Ann BRACHER, Tregantle, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, England. Born at Norton, Worcester, England
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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