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Regimental number5789
Place of birthSt Arnaud, Victoria
Address36 Capel Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 9"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Martha M Brabender, 36 Capel Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 June 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 October 1917
Discharge date21 March 1918
Family/military connectionsCousin: 383 Pte John Albert BRABENDER, 9th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 15 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 2 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 November 1916. Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, date not recorded (influenza); discharged from hospital, 24 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 February 1917; taken on strength, 21st Bn, 9 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 20 March 1917 (bomb wound, chest and right arm), and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Divisional rest Station, 21 March 1917; discharged to duty from 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 28 March 1917.

Admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 11 April 1917 (influenza); discharged to duty, 19 April 1917; rejoined Bn, 22 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 3 May 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm and leg), and admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 4 May 1917; to England, 19 May 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 20 May 1917 (wounds: severe); transferred to 3rd Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow, 25 June 1917; to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 22 August 1917; discharged on furlough, 27 August 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 September 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Berrima', 31 October 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 30 December 1917; discharged, Melbourne, 21 March 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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