William James BREWER


BREWER, William James

Service Number: 5990
Enlisted: 10 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, June 1895
Home Town: Burnett Heads, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Burnett Heads State School, Queensland
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, Hebuterne, France, 29 March 1918
Cemetery: Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps
Euston Road Cemetery (Plot V, Row P, Grave no. 3), Colincamps, France, Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bundaberg War Memorial, Burnett Heads War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5990, 15th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5990, 15th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5990, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
11 Apr 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5990, 15th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First), GSW left arm

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From François Berthout, Australia and NZ in WWI

Today, to commemorate the anniversary of his death and to honor his memory, I would like to pay a very respectful tribute to Private number 5990 William James Brewer who fought in the 15th battalion of Australian infantry🌺

William James Brewer was born in 1893 in Bundaberg, Queensland and he was the son of James and Sarah Brewer and they lived in Burnett Heads, Bundaberg, Queensland. Before the war, William worked as a labourer.

Enlisted in Brisbane, Queensland on March 10, 1916 at the age of 20 in the 15th Australian infantry battalion,19th Reinforcement, he embarked with his unit on board the HMAT Itonus on August 8, 1916 and arrived in Plymouth, England on October 18, 1916. From 15 November to 12 December William served with the 4th Training Battalion in England. He was then transported to France on SS Arundel via Folkestone, England.

Disembarked in Etaples, France on December 13,1916. Prior to joining 15th Battalion in action, he spent from 16 December to 23 December with 4th Australian Division Base Depot.

William Fought in the Somme and was wounded for the first time on April 14, 1917 during the Battle of Bullecourt where he received a gunshot wound in his left arm, and was transferred to hospital and given furlough. Much of this time was in units in England. From 28 July to 18 August 1917 he was again in France at 4th Division Base Depot. He then re-joined the 15th battallion and returned to fight in the Somme.Unfortunately William was killed in action in Hébuterne, Somme, on March 29, 1918 at the age of 23

Today, William James Brewer rests in peace with his comrades at the Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme.

Thank you William, we will never forget who you were and what you did for us. You fought bravely and you gave your life so that we could live in a peaceful world. You who came from australia to fight on this sacred land of the Somme where so many of your comrades fought and fell, you have forged Franco-Australian friendship, we will never forget you and the poppies will always bloom your grave in eternal remembrance.🌺🇦🇺