Edward Herbert Charles BRERETON


BRERETON, Edward Herbert Charles

Service Number: 1806
Enlisted: 11 May 1916, Jamestown, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Broughton, South Australia, 24 October 1895
Home Town: Jamestown, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Mannanarie Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Wounds (GSW spine), Rouen, France, 5 July 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Plot Q. Row II. Grave E. 19. , St Sever Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jamestown Methodist Church WW1 Roll of Honor, Jamestown Soldier's Memorial Park Arch, Mannanarie Roll of Honor WW1
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World War 1 Service

11 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1806, Jamestown, South Australia
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1806, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1806, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
2 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1806, 43rd Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1806, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1806, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1806, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory

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His name is located at panel 136 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.  Also commemorated in Jamestown Cemetery, South Australia alongside his parents  William and Sarah Brereton, of 'Fair View', Jamestown, South Australia.

Born 24 October 1895 in Port Broughton, South Australia
(SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 574 Page: 57 District: Dal.)

Father William Brereton (b. ___- d. 26/3/1938, aged 86) and
Mother Sarah Brereton (nee Cornish, b. ___ - d. 7/12/1922, aged 69) of Jamestown, SA
buried together at Jamestown Cemetery, South Australia.

Described on enlisting as 20 years 7 months old; single; 5' 7" tall; 133 lbs; dark complexion;
grey eyes; brown hair; Methodist.

11/5/1916         Enlisted in Jamestown, South Australia
                        Completed medical - fit for service

14-19/6/1916    Hospital with Influenza - Exhibition Camp

12/8/1916         Embarked from Adelaide (Outer Harbour) onboad HMAT Ballarat A70
                        with the 2nd Reinforcements, 43rd Infantry Battalion - Mitcham Camp

30/9/1916          Disembarked into Plymouth, England
                          taken on strength into 11th Training Battalion

11/11/1916         Transferred to 43rd Battalion, Codford
12/11/1916         Taken on strength of 38th Battalion, from 2nd reinf. 43rd Battalion

14/11/1916         To hospital sick, from Durrington Camp, Larkhill, England - mumps
27/11/1916         Marched in to No.11 Camp Hurcott, from hospital

20/12/1916         Proceeded overseas to France on SS Princess Victoria

38th Battalion moved into the trenches of the Western Front for the first time.

During the harsh winter of 1916-17 the 3rd Division was heavily involved in raiding
the German trenches.

The battalion arrived on the Western Front in late December.

17/1/1917         Marched out to unit, Etaples
18/1/1917         Taken on strength into 43rd Battalion - in the field

The 43rd Battalion spent 1917 bogged in bloody trench warfare in Flanders.

In June the battalion took part in the Battle of Messines.

In October the Third Battle of Ypres.

6/11/1917         Promoted to Lance Corporal in the field

5/12/1917         Detached to Brigade School
27/12/1917       Rejoined 43rd Battalion

7/1/1918           To England on leave
25/1/1918         Rejoined 43rd Battalion in the field

The battalion spent much of 1918 fighting in the Somme valley.

19/2/1918         To hospital sick

3/3/1918           Rejoined 43rd Battalion in the field

In April they helped stop the German Spring offensive at Villers-Bretonneux.

23/4/1918         Promoted to Temporary Corporal

In July the battalion was part of General Monash’s attack at Hamel.

4/7/1918           Gun shot wound to the back (spine) in action
                         Admitted to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance

5/7/1918           Died of wounds
                         onboard the Ambulance Train in France to the General Hospital at Rouen.

buried in:          Sever Cemetery, Rouen
                        Grave 4485

reburied in:       St Sever Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France
                        Plot Q. Row II. Grave E. 19. 

British War medal (44544); Victory medal (44334); Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  21 October 2014.  Lest we forget.