James Vincent BRENNAN


BRENNAN, James Vincent

Service Number: 3024
Enlisted: 24 June 1915, Busselton, WA
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Busselton, Western Australia, May 1894
Home Town: Augusta, Western Australia
Schooling: Augusta State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Timber Hewer
Died: Died of wounds, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 11 August 1918
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
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Memorials: Augusta War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3024, 11th Infantry Battalion, Busselton, WA
13 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3024, 11th Infantry Battalion
13 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3024, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Fremantle
6 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Colonel, SN 3024, 11th Infantry Battalion, Shell Wound - France
8 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 11th Infantry Battalion
25 Nov 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3024, 11th Infantry Battalion, Foot injury at Wimereux, France
31 Jul 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 11th Infantry Battalion
10 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3024, 11th Infantry Battalion, GSW to right arm and right side
11 Aug 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 3024, 11th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Parents: John and Catherine (nee Dawson) BRENNAN, Augusta, Busselton, W.A.

Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

James was the sixth of eight children of John Brennan (born 1845 in Vasse, WA) and Catherine (Kate) Dawson (born 1857 in Vasse, WA). John and Kate married in 1879 in Busselton, WA and raised their family in the region.

James was a Timber Hewer working in the Vasse region when he enlisted in the AIF in 1915. He served with 11th Infantry Battalion as a Private, Corporal and Sergeant (Service No: 3024) in Egypt in 1916, and was WiA in France on three occasasions - and died of his wounds on the third occasion in 1918. 

In a letter from the AIF to his family, James was 'Wounded on 10. 8. 18 by Machine Gun fire in the right side and right arm. Died at 55th Casualty Clearing Station on 11. 8 . 18 and buried Cemetery adjoining - cross has been erected'.

James' brothers also served in WWI - Peter (Service No: 15146); Edward John (Service No: 1020); and George Henry (Service No: 3487). Youngest brother Matthew served in the ACMF in WWII (Service No: 83925), and Nephew Vincent Sydney served with 2/3 Field Regiment as a Driver (Service No: WX71). Vincent was captured in Crete in 1941 and was a PoW at Stalag VII at Moosburg in Germany.