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Patrick Aloysius BRENNAN

Regimental number819
Place of birthBorris-in-Ossory, Ireland
Place of birthQueen's Co, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address384 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Brennan, Barrissinossory, Knockaroe, Ireland
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 2 February 1915. Taken on strength, 17th Bn, 14 April 1915. Transferred to 53rd Bn, 9 October 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 4 August 1917.
FateKilled in Action 6 April 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death27
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot III, Row Q, Grave No. 9), Villers Bretonneux
Commemoration details156
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 12 May 1915; proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli Peninsula, 16 August 1915; disembarked, Alexandria, Egypt, from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Taken on strength of Australian Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 10 January 1916; proceeded to Zeitoun to join Unit, 31 March 1916; joined 5th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 1 April 1916; taken on strengths of No. 2 Divisional Details, 9 July 1916.

Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 August 1916; taken on strength of 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 24 September 1916; taken on strength of 53rd Bn, 9 October 1916; to Lewis Gun School, 23 November 1916; rejoined unit from Lewis Gun School, 4 December 1916.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance (P.U.O), 7 March 1917; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 14 March 1917; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 8 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 8 May 1917; to Lewis Gun School, 24 June 1917; rejoined unit from Lewis Gun School, 30 June 1917; appointed Lance Corporal, 4 August 1917; to 5th Divisional Rifle Wing, 21 September 1917; rejoined unit, 2 October 1917; to Lewis Gun School, 22 January 1918; rejoined unit, 16 February 1918; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 17 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 9 March 1918.

Killed in action, France, 6 April 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRENNAN Patrick Aloysius

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