Badge Number: 3413, Sub Branch: Edwardstown

BRAND, Allan

Service Number: 2038
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rufus, NSW, Australia, 9 July 1898
Home Town: Renmark, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station hand
Died: 27 December 1968, aged 70 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Goodwood Road, Pasadena, South Australia.
Memorials: Berri WW1 Gate of Honour, Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4)
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2038, 9th Light Horse Regiment
10 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2038, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Warilda, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Gunner, SN 2038, 55th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Nuriootpa High School

Allan Brand was born in NSW (New South Wales), Australia 1898 but he grew up in Renmark, South Australia. He was a Baptist and he was a station hand before he signed up, on the 13 of November 1915 in the 9th Light Horse Regiment, 14 Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force. His first Rank was Private. He was single and 18 when he signed up and his unit embarked from Adelaide to the battle ground on board HMAT A69 Warilda on the 10 of February 1916.

He transferred to the 55th Battalion as ‘Gunner BRAND’ which is where he was awarded the Military Medal a Medal for bravery. Gunner BRAND and two corporals put out a fire that destroyed one gun and several rounds of ammunition but thanks to them they didn’t lose anyone. BRAND won the Military Medal, British Medal and Victory Medal. He married on the 20th of April 1927 to Doris NICHOLLS. He died in 1968.