William Herbert BREALEY


BREALEY, William Herbert

Service Number: 4740
Enlisted: 3 November 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Naracoorte, South Australia, 7 September 1884
Home Town: Naracoorte, Naracoorte and Lucindale, South Australia
Schooling: Naracoorte Public School
Occupation: Tinsmith/labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 19 October 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave Originally buried in the Military Cemetery Broedsinge but grave could not be relocated
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Naracoorte and District Town Hall Honour Board WW1
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World War 1 Service

3 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4740, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4740, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4740, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
19 Aug 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion, Transferred from the 10th Battalion to the 50th Battalion
11 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4740, 50th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Frank Edward Brealey and Ellen Brealey nee Barrett of Naracoorte, SA

Brother of Charles David Brealey who returned to Australia on 20 December 1917 having sered with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment; Francis Henry Brealey who was killed in  action on 8 October 1917 while serving with the 12th Battalion. He has no known grave and appears on Menin Gate, Ypres; Stanley Thomas Brealey who was killed in action on 30 August 1918 whiel serving with the 32nd Battalion and was buried in Ennemain Communal Cemetery Extension. Plot 1, Row D, Grave 5;

Other siblings Ellen Rose Brealey, Leonard George Brealey who returned to Australia on 10 May 1918 on board Durham Castle having served with the 27th and 50th Battalions; Esther May Brealey, Mary Ann Brealey, Alfred James Brealey, Walter Edward and Maud Emily Brealey

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal