Albert James BRADDISH

BRADDISH, Albert James

Service Number: 280
Enlisted: 5 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland , 4 February 1887
Home Town: Footscray, Maribyrnong, Victoria
Schooling: Hyde Street State School, Footscray, Victoria
Occupation: Plate-layer, railways
Died: Illness (Cerebral haemorrhage), 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, 4 July 1919, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Sutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England
Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 280, 2nd Machine Gun Company
4 May 1916: Involvement Private, 280, 2nd Machine Gun Company
4 May 1916: Embarked Private, 280, 2nd Machine Gun Company, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
1 Sep 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 1st Machine Gun Company
4 Jul 1919: Involvement Private, 280, 1st Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 4th July…… Albert James Braddish was born on 4th February, 1887 in Brisbane, Queensland.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 3rd April, 1916 as a 29 year old, single, Plate-layer on Railways from Footscray, Victoria.

Private Albert James Braddish, Service number 280, embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Port Lincoln (A17) on 4th May, 1916 with the 2nd Machine Gun Company, 3rd Reinforcements. He was taken on strength with 1st Division Depot at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt on 5th July, 1916.

He embarked from Alexandria for Overseas on HMS Arcadia on 29th July, 1916.

On 8th August, 1916 Private Braddish was written up for an offence when “on train between Marseilles & Havre when ordered to re-enter Railway carriage while at a station using language prejudicial to Military discipline.” He was awarded a total forfeiture of 28 days’ pay.

Private Braddish was written up for an offence on 10th August, 1916 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, England for “Insolence to Sgt. in charge of Hut”. He was awarded 14 days C.B. (Confined to Barracks). (no record of him being transferred to England)

He was written up for an offence at Belton Park, England on 5th October, 1916 for “neglecting to obey a lawful order of an N.C.O.” He was awarded 14 days C.B. (Confined to Barracks). And again written up for an offence while at Grantham in October, 1916 – “absent without leave from 06.45 on 7.10.16 to 06.45 on 16.10.16.” He was awarded a total forfeiture of 25 days’ pay.

On 14th November, 1916 Private Braddish proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force Overseas in France via Folkestone & disembarked at Boulogne, France on 15th November, 1916 from Princess Henrietta. He was taken on strength with 2nd Australian Machine Gun Company in France on 25th November, 1916.

Private Braddish was admitted to Hospital on 11th January, 1917 with Venereal disease & discharged on 29th January, 1917. He rejoined his Unit on 11th May, 1917.

He was sent to Hospital in France on 12th July, 1917 with Vertigo & was again sent to hospital on 5th August, 1917. Private Braddish was invalided to England & admitted to Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, Kent, England on 17th August, 1917 with right knee bursitis. He was in Hospital for 56 days then transferred on 10th October, 1917 to No. 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford & discharged on 15th October, 1917. Private Braddish was then admitted to Hospital at Weymouth on 30th October, 1917 with Bursitis (2 incisions had been made in his knee). His disability was reported as B1A2 (fit for overseas training camp in three to four weeks).

On 4th November, 1917 Private Braddish was sent to Hospital at Codford, Wiltshire “unable to bend knee completely”.

Private Braddish was admitted to Hospital at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 13th November, 1917 due to his eyesight. He was sent to Weymouth with “defective vision” & glasses were ordered on 17th November, 1917.

He was written up for an offence at Sandhill – “Absent without leave from midnight on 5.3.18 until reporting back at 10 p.m. on 6.6.18”. This was admonished by Captain Chumleigh on 7th March, 1918 & Private Braddish forfeited 1 days’ pay.

On 2nd July, 1918 Private Braddish was marched in to Hurdcott Camp, Wiltshire on 2nd July, 1918 & marched out on 12th July, 1918 to Overseas Training Battalion at Longbridge Deverill. He was marched out to Machine Gun Training Depot at Parkhouse on 26th July, 1918.

Private Braddish proceeded overseas to France on 21st August, 1918. He was marched in to Machine Gun Base Depot in France on 22nd August, 1918 & rejoined his Unit on 27th August, 1918.

He was written up for an offence – “absent from leave from tattoo till 4 p.m. on 4/9/18”. He was awarded 7 days C.B. & forfeited a total of 8 days’ pay.

On 28th September, 1918 Private Braddish was sent to 1st Australian Field Ambulance with Diarrhoea. He rejoined his Unit – 1st Machine Gun Battalion in France on 3rd October, 1918.

Private Braddish was sent to Hospital sick on 17th October, 1918 & admitted to Opthalmic with defective vision. He rejoined his Battalion on 19th October, 1918.

He was absent without leave from 09.30 on 9th February until 21.30 on 10th February, 1919 & was awarded a total forfeiture of 7 days’ pay.

On 13th March, 1919 Private Braddish was on Leave to UK until 27th March, 1919. He rejoined his Battalion on 3rd April, 1919.

Private Braddish was marched out to B/D Quota 32 on 10th April, 1919 & proceeded to England from Havre on 17th April, 1919. He was marched in from France to No. 1 Group in England on 18th April, 1919.

He was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire on 11th June, 1919.
Private Albert James Braddish died at 8.30 p.m. on 4th July, 1919 at the 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny of Cerebral Haemorrhage.

He was buried in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England where 140 other WW1 Australian Soldiers & 2 Australian WW1 Nurses are laid to rest.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)