Patrick BRADY


BRADY, Patrick

Service Number: 7451
Enlisted: 3 July 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia, 1883
Home Town: Ararat, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 September 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dunkeld & District Roll of Honour, Dunkeld War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

3 Jul 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7451, 14th Infantry Battalion
21 Nov 1917: Involvement Private, SN 7451, 14th Infantry Battalion
21 Nov 1917: Embarked Private, SN 7451, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Patrick Brady was one of six brothers who fought overseas in the AIF. He was reported in the papers of the day to have made 5 attempts at enlisting, not succeeding until November 1917. He was also a prominent member of the Dunkeld Football Club before moving to Ararat.

Ararat Advertiser 19 December 1918.

KILLED AT THE FRONT. PRIVATE PATRICK BRADY. Mr C. Brady, of Baird street, has received the following letter from Captain F. W. Rolland, Chaplain, 14th Battalion, in reference to the death of his son, Private Patrick Brady, who was killed at the front in France on the 19th September:- "You will have heard from his own officer the details of your gallant son's death. I write to convey to you the sympathy of the whole battalion in your great loss. He had not been very long with us, but he did good service as a soldier, and was greatly loved by his mates; and when it came to his last fight, he proved the fine stuff of which he was made, and was able to despise death and march fearlessly past it to higher service. You may well be very proud of your splendid boy. He and such as he have delivered France from a terrible fate, and stopped Germany at a critical hour and saved thousands of lives and homes.”

Six of Mr. Brady's stalwart sons have given their services to the country in the great war, one making the supreme sacrifice some time ago, and the fourth son, Patrick, having now laid down his life in the cause of civilisation. He left here only a little over a year ago (November, 1917), and was shot in the head with a machine gun bullet. The genuine sympathy of all residents of Ararat will go out to Mr. and Mrs. Brady in the loss of their brave sons.