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Edwin Lander BRAY

Regimental number5044
Place of birthHeathcote, Bendigo, Victoria
SchoolState School No 300, Heathcote, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressBendigo Road, Heathcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr. R. Bray, Bendigo Road, Heathcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceCitizen Forces (3 years, still serving)
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death23.9
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialFranvillers Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 16), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
163
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Sarah Ann BRAY, Bendigo Road, Heathcote, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 12 May 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 May 1916; marched out of 2nd Training Bn, 24 May 1916, and marched into 15th Training Bn the same day.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Taken on strength of 57th Bn, in the field, 21 July 1916, and reverts to the rank of Private the same day.

Wounded in action, 24 November 1916; admitted to No 36 Casualty Clearing Station, 25 November 1916 (gunshot wound, forehead); transferred to No 14 Ambulance Train, 26 November 1916; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 27 November 1916; to England, 30 November 1916; to American Women's War Hospital, Devonport, 1 December 1916; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 January 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 January 1917.

Transferred to 63rd Draft Bn, 19 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 15 October 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 15 October 1917; taken on strength of 57th Bn, 28 October 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 21 May 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Buried by Reverend Rogers, Franvillers, 6 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRAY Edwin Lander

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