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Clifton Sydney BRINDAL

Regimental number3487
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolJames Street State School, Perth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEast Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.5"
Next of kinFather, W Brindal, Summers Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3487A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Age at death24.1
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No 6), Fromelles, Nord, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: W.E. and Ann BRINDAL, Quebec Street, Midland West, Perth, Western Australia. Native of Petersburg, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 531103, 3540 Pte T.R. GREEN, 54th Bn (patient, Wharncliff War Hospital, Sheffield, England), 25 September 1916: 'Informant states that on 21st July at Sailly Pte Brindal was wounded and died the following day. Informant had a letter from Pte Ball, D. Coy, 54th A.I.F. saying that it was hard lines when you had to bury your own pals and that he had buried Brindal.'

Second statement, 3452 Pte G.E. ALLEN, D Company, 54th Bn, 23 January 1917: 'Brindal was killed in an attack on a German trench at Fromelles on July 19th. I saw his body in the German lines. we had to retire[;] his body could not be picked up.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Originally listed as 'No known grave'; remains identified following discovery of a mass grave in 2009.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRINDAL Clifton Sydney
Red Cross file 531103

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