BRITTLEBANK, Andrew Buxton

Service Number: 1886
Enlisted: 12 June 1915
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia, 10 February 1895
Home Town: Myrniong, Moorabool, Victoria
Schooling: C of E Grammar School, Ballarat
Occupation: Engineering Student
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 15 October 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Aeroplane Cemetery
Plot V, Row B, Grave 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
5 Jul 1915: Discharged AIF WW1
17 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1886, 57th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
8 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1886, 57th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1886, 57th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ajana, Melbourne
1 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 59th Infantry Battalion
23 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 59th Infantry Battalion
15 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1886, 59th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Andrew Buxton BRITTLEBANK was born on 10th February, 1895 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

His parents were Thomas Andrew BRITTLEBANK and Marion Margaret MYERS who married in 1894 in Victoria

He had previous service with 46th Infantry and served in the Cadets and the 12th Light Horse in Sale, Victoria, 3 years as a Corporal in 57th Infantry and 4 & a half months as Sergeant - he was discharged on 17th Feb, 1916 as medicall unfit and also rejected by the 24th Battalion as medically until. He renlisted again on 17th February, 1916

He embarked on 8th July, 1916 on HMAT Ajana from Melbourne with the 57th Infantry Battalion, 3rd reinforcements & later transferred to the 59th Battalion

Andrew died of wounds received in action on 15th October, 1917 when he was hit by a shell while in a trench in charge of a party of men  at Broodseinde Ridge , Passchendaele, Belgium and is buried in Aeroplane Cemetery in Belgium - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Andrews cousin, Cyril Clifton BRITTLEBANK (/explore/people/161206) (SN589) also served and died of disease on 23rd May, 1918