William Henry (Billy) BROUGHAM


BROUGHAM, William Henry

Service Number: 3012
Enlisted: 23 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Howard, Queensland, 1888
Home Town: Childers, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Apple Tree Creek State School
Occupation: Cycle mechanic
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 3 September 1916
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Memorials: Apple Tree Creek Honour Board, Apple Tree Creek War Memorial (Digger), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Childers Memorial Hall (Isis District Pictorial War Memorial), Isis District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3012, Brisbane, Queensland
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3012, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3012, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Brisbane
25 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3012, 49th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
24 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 49th Infantry Battalion
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3012, 49th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"BROUGHAN, William Henry. Corporal, No. 3012, 49th Battalion. Was born at Howard, Queensland, and was educated at Apple Tree Creek, in the Childers District. Son of Edward and Ellen Broughan, of Macrossan St., Childers, He was a great athlete, and was recognised as a great boxer and bicycle rider. Held the light and the welter weight championships of the Wide Bay District in 1912. He also has to his credit seven wins out of eight starts at a local bicycle carnival. Enlisted at Childers in January, 1915, and went into Enoggera Camp, where he was attached to the 9th Battalion, but was subsequently transferred to the 49th Battalion (in Egypt). Sailed for Egypt in October, 1915, and arrived in November, and went to Cairo for training. Was also at Tel-el-Kebir for training, and in June, 1916, he went over to France, and went into action on the Somme. Went through the battles of Fleurs, Pozieres, and was killed in action on the 3rd September, 1916. He was buried at Moquet Farm." - Submitted by Paul Trevor, taken from Queenslanders Who Fought in the Great War