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Frederick Edward BRYEN

Regimental number6287
Place of birthKangaroo Valley, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressRosebank, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs I M Bryen, Rosebank, via Lismore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 October 1916
Place of enlistmentLismore, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 30 October 1916 - 19th Bn, 18th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 37th Bn, 23 September 1917.
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death27.6
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XXII, Row D, Grave No. 7), Paschendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
128
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 November 1916; disembarked Capetown, South Africa, 14 December 1916, and admitted to hospital (measles).

Re-embarked Capetown, 23 March 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 25 April 1917, and marched into 10th Training Bn, Durrington, 26 April 1917.

Admitted to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 25 June 1917 (mumps); discharged to duty, 14 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 September 1917; joined 37th Bn, in the field, 23 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Note on Red Cross file: 'Place of burial, 3/4 of a mile N. of Zonnebeke Village (Map reading D.15d.O.O. Cert. by Div. Burials Officer, 3rd Aust. Div., 12.11.17.'

Statement, 2237 Lance Corporal C. SINCLAIR, C Company, 37th Bn (patient, 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill SE), 10 January 1918: 'I saw Bryen's dead body soon after he was killed on Oct. 4th 1917. He was badly blown about by a shell when we were half way across between Ypres and Passchendaele, and was buried where he fell.'

Second statement, 3119 Pte J.L. PAYNE, B Company, 37th Bn (patient, 4th London General Hospital), 15 May 1918: 'He was killed during our attack near Passchendaele on October 4th, hit on the side of the head with piece of shell shortly after we went over in the early morning. I was alongside him. He was killed outright. The ground was held for about a week and I expect during that time his body would be found and buried.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRYEN Frederick Edward
Red Cross File No 0600806K

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