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Allan Edgar BRAIN

Regimental number1911
Place of birthWhitton
Address'Waitotara', 54 Sloane Street, Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Clark Brain, Woodlands, Kamarah, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Medal

'In the attack on the 9th August, 1918, at FRAMERVILLE, near AMIENS, the advance of the party of Infantry with which he found himself was temporarily held up by enemy Machine Gun fire. Owing largely to Sergeant Brain's daring reconnaissance and the skilful handling of his gun by which three enemy Machine Guns were silenced the party was enable to go forward. In an attack again on the 11th August when his section officer was put out of action Sergeant Brain took charge of the guns. He continually exposed himself to rifle and Machine Gun fire in his efforts to get his guns into suitable positions on the objective.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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