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Regimental number7438
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMotor mechanic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J D Brilliant, Canberra, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 14 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'South of VILLE SUR ANCRE on night 18th/19th April, 1918, for his dash and gallantry in an attack on an enemy party at a distance of 800 yards from our lines. The hostile party of 9 men, who had taken up a position in shell holes between our patrol and our front line, resisted stubbornly and put up a good fight. Private BRILLIANT rushed the enemy and bayoneted one of the party. He assisted in carrying back to our lines, under heavy machine gun fire from both flanks, one of the enemy who was killed, and from whom identifications which were urgently required were obtained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 May 1973

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