Allan Wentworth BRECHT MM

BRECHT, Allan Wentworth

Service Number: 1620
Enlisted: 7 April 1916, Armidale
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia, 10 January 1891
Home Town: Kelvin, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia, 8 April 1976, aged 85 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

7 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1620, 36th Infantry Battalion, Armidale
13 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1620, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
13 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1620, 36th Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1620, 36th Infantry Battalion, Messines, GSW right arm
31 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 36th Infantry Battalion
12 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1620, 36th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, GSW face and fractured left shoulder
17 Apr 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 36th Infantry Battalion
30 Apr 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, 33rd Infantry Battalion
12 Jul 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Villers-Bretonneux, For conspicuous gallantry on 21 June 1918 north east of Villers-Bretonneux as part of a reconnaissance party he entered an enemy trench, killing the two occupants and later bayoneting and wounding two others before withdrawing.
8 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1620, 33rd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", Warfusee, GSW leg
20 Dec 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 33rd Infantry Battalion
19 Jun 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1620, 33rd Infantry Battalion, HT Windhuk, England for return to Australia - arriving 21 Augsut 1919.
6 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1620, 33rd Infantry Battalion


The details provided are taken from the book "Stealth Raiders - a few daring men in 1918" written by Lucas Jordan, published 2017 - refer to pages 94+95 and 263. Prior to the war he was a labourer of Gunnedah NSW. He enlisted 28th March 1916 aged 25 years. He served with the 33rd Infantry Battalion and during this service he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the Military Medal and was Mentioned in Dispatches. He finished his service with the rank of Sergeant. He departed the UK for home 19 June 1919.

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