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William Henry BRYENTON

Regimental number104
Date of birth1881
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address35A Hodgkinson Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Maud Ethel Bryenton, 35A Hodgkinson Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 1 September 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 16 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Meritorious Service Medal

'This Non-Commissioned Officer an original member of the Unit, has proved himself, as Transport Sergeant, to be one of the most reliable N.C.O.s in the Battalion. From 1st May to 1st September he has been periodically under heavy enemy shell fire whilst engaged in transporting supplies to the front line. By skilful handling of his men and teams he has minimised casualties, whilst his hard-working energy has earned for him the whole-hearted confidence of his men. On one occasion when his men were dispersed by shell fire near RIBEMONT he skilfully selected the best cover available for his teams, and, when the shelling had subsided, led them forward again with their rations for the troops in the front line. His work has been of sterling worth to the Unit.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 July 1927
Age at death45
Place of burialKangaroo Flat Cemetery, Bendigo, Victoria

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