Hastings Ferdinand BREST

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BREST, Hastings Ferdinand

Service Number: 3024
Enlisted: 21 September 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Frederickton, New South Wales, June 1896
Home Town: Frederickton, Kempsey, New South Wales
Schooling: Frederickton State School
Occupation: Post Office letter carrier
Died: Died of wounds, France, 19 September 1918
Cemetery: Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Blacktown, NSW (RSL) World War 1 Soldiers Memorial, Postmaster-General's Dept Qld. WWI, Warwick Amateur Rugby League Footballers
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World War 1 Service

21 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3024, Toowoomba, Queensland
30 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3024, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
30 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3024, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3024, 45th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

Hastings Ferdinand Brest

Hastings Ferndinand Brest was born in Kempsey NSW in 1896. He enlisted at Toowoomba on 21 Sep 1915 aged 19. He embarked from Brisbane aboard HMAT Itonus on 30 Dec 1915 and served with the 45th Infantry Battalion on the Western Front.

He was the son of George and Mary Hooper Brest, and had been a postal letter carrier in Toowoomba before his enlistment

Hastings was wounded on three occasions during his service, the third occasion proving fatal. He died aged 22 on 19 Sep 1918 in France.

Hastings is remembered on the Blacktown Solider's Memorial, and was buried in the Roisel Communal Cemertery Extension, France.

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