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Leon Louis Jean BRIAND

Regimental number341
Date of birth29 November 1876
Place of birthSt Malo, Normandy, France
AddressStation Street, East Guildford, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 5.25"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clara Maud Briand, Terrace Road, East Guildford, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil (but had served in the French Navy; deserted)
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name16th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 13 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll241
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 June 1918

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date6 September 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 4 March 1917, on charge of absenting himself without leave from 6 pm, 14 February, until arrested at 12.30 on 17 February 1917: awarded 90 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 108 days' pay.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 19 March 1917, on charges of (1) when in arrest, escaping; (2) when on Active Service being absent without leave from 1500, 6 March, until 1600, 11 March 1917 (6 days): found 'Guilty', and senteced to 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour, and forfeiture of a total of 2 years 13 days' pay.

Sentence commuted to 18 months' imprisonment with hard labour, 14 April 1917, and unexpired portion remitted.

Reported missing in action, 11 April 1917; subsequently confirmed as prisoner of war in Germany.

Transferred to Holland, and arrived, 13 January 1918; arrived England, 20 January 1918.

Admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, 20 January 1918 (gun shot wound, right leg: severe); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 28 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 19 February 1918, to report to Headquarters, 5 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Matatua', 17 June 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 8 August 1918; discharged (wounded), Perth, 6 September 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee other entry for first period of service.
Date of death1960
Place of burialGeraldton Cemetery, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRIAND Leon Louis Jean

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