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Regimental number7454
Place of birthOtago River, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTrafalgar, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, J Braithwaite, Trafalga, Victoria
Enlistment date4 August 1917
Place of enlistmentCaulfield, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 July 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of the 9th August 1918 when the enemy attacked our thinly held line North of ROSIERES and succeeded in making an entry into our trench through his old communication trench. Private BRAITHWAITE although inexperienced and the last man remaining on his gun immediately dashed forward to reinforce our position. Carrying unaided his gun spare parts, 8 panniers and a rifle he got his gun that he was undoubtedly instrumental in saving the position and by his great courage and fearless use of his weapon did much to encourage and cheer the small garrison.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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