Lachlan (Lock) BRITTEN

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BRITTEN, Lachlan

Service Number: 2125
Enlisted: 21 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, February 1894
Home Town: Wuraming, Boddington, Western Australia
Schooling: Mirboo North State School, Australia
Occupation: Timber worker
Died: SW leg, left ankle & chest, County of London War Hospital, Epsom, Surrey, England, 13 June 1916
Cemetery: Epsom Cemetery
Epsom Cemetery (Block K, Grave No. 82), Surrey, England
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2125, 28th Infantry Battalion
1 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2125, 28th Infantry Battalion
1 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2125, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Fremantle
5 Jun 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2125, 28th Infantry Battalion, SW to leg, left ankle & chest - severe. Died County of London War Hospital, Epsom, Surrey, England

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 13th June......Private Lachlan (Lock) Britten was born in 1894 in Mirboo North, Victoria. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 23rd July, 1915 as a 21 year old Timber Worker from Western Australia. Lachlan's older brother - William Henry Britten, aged 24 enlisted the next day.

Private Britten embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on 1st October, 1915 & joined 28th Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 19th January, 1916. He was hospitalised for 2 days with Tonsillitis from 24th -26th January, 1916.

Private Britten arrived in France on 21st March, 1916. He was wounded in action & admitted to 8th Casualty Clearing Station on 5th June, 1916 with shrapnel wounds to leg & Chest. Private Britten was invalided to England & admitted to County of London War Hospital, Epsom, Surrey, England on 10th June, 1916 with gunshot wounds to leg, left ankle & chest - severe.

Private Lachlan Britten died on 13th June, 1916 at County of London War Hospital, Epsom, Surrey. A post mortem was held & the cause of death was found to be due to wounds received in action in France – Malignant Oedema or Gangrene. He was buried in Epsom Cemetery, Surrey – Screen Wall. K. 82. There are no headstones for this section of the Cemetery, however those buried have their names on a bronze plaque located on the Screen Wall which is directly in front of the lawned area of burials.

Private Britten is one of six WW1 Australian Soldiers buried here.
(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/epsom.html

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