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Regimental number5654
Place of birthColeraine, Londonderry, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia23
Address54 Birchgrove Road,Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Bryans, 204 Mullins Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as Stoker 1st Class on HMS 'Encounter'.
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDuring the voyage of the troopship, on entering the danger zone, volunteers for stoking were necessary. He made his services as stoker available, and was awarded a gratuity of eleven pounds.
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Date of death4 October 1917
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialNo known gage
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Elizabeth BRYANS; husband of Elizabeth BRYANS, 'Vandroy', Bellevue Parade, Hurstville, New South Wales. Native of Londonderry, Ireland~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 3 August 1916; proceeded overseas to France, 16 September 1916; marched into 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 17 September 1916; proceeded to front, 28 September, 1916; taken on strength, 3rd Bn, Belgium, 29 September 1916.

Admitted to 1st AMDS (gun shot wound to left leg), 3 January 1917; transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 January 1917; transferred to No 25 Ambulance Train, 5 January 1917; admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, 7 January 1917; to England, 9 January 1917; admitted to Park Hospital, Guildford, 13 January 1917; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, 15 February 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 April 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1917; rejoined unit, 16 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 7 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRYANS Edward

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