Samuel Leslie John BRAMLEY

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BRAMLEY, Samuel Leslie John

Service Number: 68
Enlisted: 1 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Romsey, Victoria, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Elwood, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Electrical fitter
Died: Flying Battle, Belgium, 23 September 1917
Cemetery: Harlebeke New British Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

1 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 68, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 68, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 68, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
16 Mar 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Discharged to the Royal Flying Corps with rank of 2nd Lieutenant

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

On the 23 September 1917, 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Leslie John Bramley, of the 57th Squadron RFC, was killed in action in Belgium. He died flying a DH4, last seen on the Allied side of lines near Het Sas during bombing of Hooglede. He lies in the Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, and beside him is buried his observer, 2nd Lieutenant John Matthew De Lacey, from Newcastle-on-Tyne. They were the last victims of the famous German ace, Werner Voss, who himself was shot down and killed during an epic air battle later in the day.

Bramley, from Elwood Victoria, had enlisted in the AIF on New Year’s Day, 1916 and had been serving with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion before he transferred to the RFC.

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