Harry Wallace (Henry) BROKENSHIRE

BROKENSHIRE, Harry Wallace

Service Number: 3519
Enlisted: 9 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bishop's Bridge, West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, February 1897
Home Town: West Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales
Schooling: State School, Bishop's Bridge, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 26 September 1917
Cemetery: Aeroplane Cemetery
Plot VI, Row B, Grave No. 37
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bishops Bridge Public School & District Honour Roll, Maitland Church of England South Maitland District Parish Honour Roll, Moree ANZAC Centenary Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3519, 30th Infantry Battalion
5 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 3519, 30th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
5 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 3519, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Sydney
2 Dec 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 56th Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Involvement Private, 3519, 56th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

AWM Summary

3519 Private (Pte) Harry Wallace Brokenshire, 30th Battalion (and later 56th Battalion) from Bishops Bridge, NSW. An 18 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 9 September 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 8th Reinforcements of the 30th Battalion from Sydney aboard HMAT Ballarat (A70) on 5 August 1916. After disembarking in England, he then proceeded to France in November 1916 and joined the 56th Battalion on the Western Front. He was taken ill in January 1917 and evacuated to England for medical treatment and recuperation for the next seven months. After rejoining the 56th Battalion on 4 August, he was then killed in action at Polygon Wood, Belgium on 26 September 1917 and is buried in the Aeroplane Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. Two brothers of Pte Brokenshire also served: 3116 Pte Samuel John Brokenshire, 53rd Battalion and 4440 Pte Percy William Brokenshire, 4th Battalion. Both brothers returned to Australia.