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Roy Thomas BREWER

Regimental number5540
Place of birthGunning New South Wales
SchoolCorinella State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFairview, Corinella, Forbes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Frank Brewer, Fairview, Corinella, Forbes, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 5 September 1918
Place of death or woundingPeronne, France
Age at death20.5
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialHeilly Station Cemetery (Plot VII, Row B, Grave No. 110), Mericourt-L'Abbe, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Martha BREWER. Native of Gunning, New South Wales

Military Medal

'After the capture of MT. ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE on 31st August, 1918, this man displayed splendid courage in holding his position under extremely heavy enemy fire. Throughout the day, although continually harassed by intense minenwerfer and shell fire, he continued to use his Lewis gun with great effect, inflicting very severe casualties on the enemy. His position was twice blown out by minenwerfer fire which caused heavy casualties to his comrades. Although himself slightly wounded and severely shaken, he carried on his work alone regardless of personal danger, until he was eventually severely wounded by an enemy shell.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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