Claude Leslie Kelcey BRYAN

BRYAN, Claude Leslie Kelcey

Service Number: 4973
Enlisted: 7 October 1915, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nook, Tasmania, 1 December 1890
Home Town: Nook, Kentish, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 31 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery, France
Plot 111, Row F, Grave 34, Puchevillers British Cemetery, Puchevillers, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural, Sheffield War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4973, Claremont, Tasmania
14 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4973, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4973, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
31 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4973, 46th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières


The Mercury Hobart, 31st August, 1917

IN MEMORIAM. Died on Active Service.

BRYAN.- In fond remembrance of our dear brother, Private L. C. Bryan (Nook), who died of wounds received somewhere in France on August 31, 1916.

In a soldier's grave somewhere in France,

There our brave Claude lies at rest, Far from the ones he'll see no more,

Far from the ones who loved him best.

He fought like a hero and died like one too, not knowing that day would fall,

We can never forget him, our dear Claude so true.

He answered his country's call.

Friends may say we have forgotten you, At times when they see us smile;

But little they know the aching hearts -The smile hide all the while.

Inserted by his loving brother Dug., and sister and brother-in-law, Una and Jack Shepherd.
BRYAN. — In sad but loving memory of Private Claude L. K. Bryan, who died of wounds received somewhere in France, August 31, 1916, aged 25 years and 9 months.

His duty bravely done.

Somewhere in France he's lying,

He answered Tasmania's call, He died a Tasmanian hero,

It's the grandest death of all.

Sad was the blow that compelled me to part

With you, my loved one, so dear to my heart,

I miss you, I mourn you, in silence unseen,

And dwell on the memory of days that have been.

Rest in the Saviour, sweetly rest,

They miss you most who loved you best.

Inserted by his loving fiancee, Avice Ashdown.

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Claude Leslie Kelcey BRYAN was born on 1st December, 1890 in Nook, Tasmania

His parents were George Silas BRYAN and Mary Ann KELCEY

He enlisted on 7th October, 1915 with the Australian Army - 12th Battalion, transferred to 14th Battalion, 15th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Anchises on 14th March, 1916.   Taken on strength, transferred to 46th Battalion 21st July 1916

He was wounded on 30th August, 1916 in the field (gunshot wounds) and died from these wounds on 31st August, 1916 at the No. 3 Casualty clearing Station.

Claude is buried in Punchevillers British Cemetery in France and also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial - He was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal.