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Ralph Austin BRABAZON

Regimental number1651
Place of birthWest Meath, Ireland
Place of birthMullingar, Westmore, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia3
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPortsea, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 11.25"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Adelaide Brabazon, 55 Alma Road, St Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery, Victoria.; Served in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery, 3rd Military District.
Enlistment date21 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentRegimental Sergeant Major
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 25 June 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death26 June 1918
Age at death37
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialHerne Bay Cemetery (Row T, Grave No. 110), Herne, Kent
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Hannah BRABAZON; husband of Adelaide BRABAZON, Portsea, Victoria. Born at West Meath, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Runic', 19 February 1915; disembarked Egypt, 3 April 1915.

Taken on strength of 5th Bn, Gallipoli, 5 March 1915; promoted to rank of Lance Corporal, 16 July 1915; promoted to rank of Corporal, 23 July 1915; promoted to rank of Sergeant, 1 September 1915.

Admitted to Sarpi Camp, Mudros West, 19 September 1915; transferred to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 19 September 1915; to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 19 September 1915 (diarrhoea); discharged to unit, Lemnos, 4 October 1915. Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Mudros West, 9 October 1915, and transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital; to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 16 October 1915; discharged to duty, 28 October 1915; rejoined unit, 29 October 1915. Temporarily promoted to rank of Company Sergeant Major, 29 October 1915; reverted to permanent rank of Sergeant, 24 November 1915.

Disembarked HMT 'Empress of Britain' at Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, Tel-el-Kebir, 20 January 1916, and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station (gastritis); to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 24 January 1916; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 15 February 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, Ghezirah, 26 February 1916; marched out to unit, Serapeum, 15 March 1916; taken on strength of 2nd Training Bn at Overseas Base, Tel-el-Kebir, 18 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Caledonia' and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, 9 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 17 May 1916; marched into 1st Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 20 May 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, 29 May 1916. Embarked Boulogne on HS 'Caledonian' and proceeded to England, 12 June 1916 (influenza); admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 13 June 1916; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 16 June 1916; to Woodcote Park Convalescent Depot, Epsom, 27 June 1916 (bronchitis); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 25 September 1916, and taken on strength, 26 September 1916; marched into Infantry Drafting Depot, 3 February 1917.

Proceeded to France from Southampton, 10 June 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 11 June 1917; marched out to 5th Bn and taken on strength, 21 June 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 September 1917, and transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, head); to Ambulance Train '5', 20 September 1917; to 25th General Hospital, Hardelot, 21 September 1917; discharged to duty, 13 October 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 18 October 1917; marched out to unit and taken on strength, 1 November 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 14 June 1918, and transferred to 15th Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, thigh and forearm); to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 15 June 1918. Proceeded to England on HS 'Cambria', 17 June 1918, and admitted to Herne Bay Military Hospital (severe wounding).

Died of wounds, 25 June 1918. Buried at Eddington Cemetary, Herne Bay, 11 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRABAZON Ralph Austin

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