Edmund Thomas (Tom) BRYAN


BRYAN, Edmund Thomas

Service Number: 1709
Enlisted: 6 January 1915, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Greta, Victoria, Australia, 11 July 1895
Home Town: Pakenham, Cardinia, Victoria
Schooling: Pakenham State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 24 June 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 6, Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Pakenham State School No 1359
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Broadmeadows, Victoria
13 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1709, 6th Infantry Battalion
13 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1709, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
24 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1709, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His older brother 1128 Tpr. Edward John Bryan 8th Australian Light Horse, died of malaria in Egypt 26 August 1918, aged 25.

Another brother, VX36490 Gunner Patrick Francis Bryan 2/4th Anti-Tank Regiment died of illness as a prisoner of war in Thailand 29 June 1943, age 41.

South Bourke and Mornington Journal 2 September 1915,

PATRIOTIC, NEWS ‘Heartfelt sorrow was felt at Pakenham when it was learnt that Tom Bryan had fallen at the Dardanelles. Tom was a soldier and a man, and was beloved by all who knew him. He was a prominent athlete, and, at every sport’s gathering, Tom's handsome face and form were always seen, whilst his very clever performances. in every branch of sport were greatly admired and applauded: He was a "crack" horse rider and driver, but his best wins were on the bike, and he possessed several gold medals for winning road races. Tom was a splendid worker; and believed in the wise doctrine of combining work and pleasure equally, and, though we are all proud of his noble bravery in dying for King and country, we will all miss his cheerful smile and pleasant word; and deeply sympathise with his parents in the loss of a manly and handsome son.’