George Frederick BRAUND MID

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BRAUND, George Frederick

Service Number: Commissioned officer - no service number
Enlisted: 15 August 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bideford, Devon, England, 13 July 1866
Home Town: Armidale, Armidale Dumaresq, New South Wales
Schooling: Bideford Grammar School, Devon, England
Occupation: General merchant, Member of Parliament
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 4 May 1915, aged 48 years
Cemetery: Beach Cemetery - ANZAC Cove
Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 40
Memorials: Armidale Lieut Col George Frederick Braund MLA Memorial Honour Roll, Armidale Memorial Fountain, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Commissioned officer - no service number, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Commissioned officer - no service number, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Commissioned officer - no service number, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

George Frederick BRAUND was born in Bideford, Devon, England on 13th July, 1866

His parents were Frederick BRAUND & Ellen DOIDGE who married in Bideford in 1864

He married Lalla Robina BLYTHE in St Matthews Anglican Church, Drayton, Queensland on 30th January 1895 - 4 known children, Frederick Sidney George, Ellen, Arthur Geoffrey & Phyllis Robina

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Military History Society of New South Wales

Lieutenant Colonel George Braund from Armidale NSW was a serving member of the NSW parliament when he enlisted for World War I. He was the first member of an Australian parliament to do so. Braund was appointed to raise and train the 2nd Infantry Battalion AIF and became its commander in August 1914. On 25 April 1915 he landed his troops at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. After midnight on 4 May 1915, while returning to brigade headquarters, he took a short cut through scrub and apparently failed to hear a challenge from a sentry, who shot him dead. He was one of only two serving Australian members of parliament to die in the Great War.

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Biography

George Frederick Braund was the inaugural Commanding Officer of the 2nd Infantry Battalion.

He was to be an early member of what became a large group of Commanding Officers killed in action during WW1.