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William BRITTAIN

Regimental number1361
Place of birthWarragul, Victoria
SchoolWarragul State School, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCarpenter
Address'Sylvia', Carlisle Crescent, Oakleigh, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, John J Brittain, 'Sylvia', Carlisle Crescent, Oakleigh, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 75), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
115
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Iliffe and Emma BRITTAIN, 'Latrobe', Sutherland Street, Murrumbeena, Victoria. Born at Warragul, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Taken on strength of 29th Bn, Serapeum, 13 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried Eaton Hall Cemetery by Reverend George Cranston, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName recorded incorrectly on embarkation roll as BRITTIAN.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRITTAIN William

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