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William BRIEN

Regimental number51069
Date of birth11 October 1884
Place of birthWalhalla, Victoria
SchoolWalhalla State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMelbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 4"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinBrother, P Brien, 21 Spittle Street, Cloyne, Cork, Ireland
Previous military servicenIL
Enlistment date11 February 1918
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Feldmarschall on 19 June 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Australian Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 3 September 1919
Discharge date19 November 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 June 1918.

Found guilty, at sea, 19 July 1918, of being absent without leave from 10:00 pm, 16 July to 10:00 pm, 17 July 1918: awarded 2 days' confined to Barracks and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Disembarked London, England, 26 August 1918; allotted to 14th Bn Reinforcements, Sutton Veny Command Depot, 26 August 1918.

Found guilty, 28 September 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 28 September until apprehended by Military Police in Bristol at 3:30 pm, 3 October 1918: awarded 7 days Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 13 days' pay.

marched in to Australian Infantry Base Depot, France, 22 November 1918.

Found guilty, 28 November 1918, of being absent without leave from 9:00 pm, 26 November to 11:30 am, 27 November 1918: awarded forfeiture of 6 days' pay.

Marched out to unit, 13 December 1918; taken on strength of 4th Bn in the field, 24 December 1918.

Found guilty, 21 January 1919, of failing to comply with Guard orders: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to 1st Australian Motor Transport Company, 26 March 1919; transferred to 4th Australian Motor Transport Company, 2 April 1919; transferred to 2nd Australian Motor Transport Company, 23 May 1919; marched in to Sutton Veny Command Depot, England, 19 June 1919; marched out for demobilisation, 14 June 1919; on leave, 9 July 1919; marched in to Weymouth Command Depot, 11 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Barambah', 3 September 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 25 October 1919; discharged, 19 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 July 1951
Age at death66
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRIEN William

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