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Regimental number6857
Place of birthUlster, Ireland
Other NamesWilliam
ReligionChurch of England
Address5 Little Smyth Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5"
Weight163 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr W Brankin, Bells Hill Road, Uddingston, Lanark, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 September 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6957
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularCorrect name stated to be William BRANKIN. Enlisted 18 September 1916 - 5th Bn, 23rd Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 5th Bn, 10 May 1917.
FateDied of wounds 23 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road sector, Ypres, Belgium
Date of death23 September 1917
Age at death24
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXIV, Row C, Grave No. 20), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 23 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 29 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 20 February 1917 (influenza); discharged to duty and marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Folkestone, 5 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 4 May 1917; marched out to unit, 7 May 1917; taken on strength of 5th Bn, in the field, 10 May 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Rest Station, 6 July 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged and rejoined unit in the field, 12 July 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 September 1917 (shrapnel wound to right shoulder and hands).

Died of wounds, Belgium, 23 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRANKIN James

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