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William Reginald FIREBRACE

Regimental number6802A
Place of birthEdward River, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPloughman
AddressMoulamein, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.5"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinFather, E. Firebrace, Chabsing Station, Moulamein, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 July 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 July 1917
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 20th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularNephew: 1637 Lance Corporal, John Arthur FIREBRACE, 59th Bn, killed in action, 9 August 1918.
FateKilled in Action 15 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death22.1
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot X, Row F, Grave No. 3), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
101
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Sabina FIREBRACE.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 21 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 15 December 1917; embarked Alexandria, 8 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 13 January 1918; disembarked Southampton, England, 24 January 1918, and marched into 6th Training Bn, Fovant; allotted letter 'A' Regimental number owing to duplication.

Admitted to Hurdcott Hospital, Fovant, 25 March 1918; marched into 6th Training Bn from Hurdcott Hospital, 30 March 1918.

Marched into 5th Training Bn from 6th Training Bn, Fovant, 22 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 May 1918; marched in to Base Depot, Etaples, 7 May 1918; proceeded to join unit, in the field, 9 May 1918.

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, in the field, 11 May 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 15 May 1918; transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 15 May 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); to Ambulance Train, 17 May 1918, and admitted to 1st General Hospital, Etretat, 18 May 1918; transferred to Convalescent Depot, Etretat, 28 May 1918; to Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 28 May 1918; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 8 June 1918; marched into Base Depot, Havre, 8 June 1918; marched out to unit, Havre, 12 June 1918; rejoined 24th Bn, in the field, 16 June 1918.

Wounded in action, remaining on duty , 21 July 1918.

Killed in action, France, 15 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FIREBRACE William Reginald

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