Bryan Stanford TRIGG

TRIGG, Bryan Stanford

Service Number: SX16401
Enlisted: 16 January 1942
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/12th Field Ambulance
Born: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 November 1913
Home Town: Cummins, Lower Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Cummins and Port Lincoln High
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, At sea (off Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), 14 May 1943, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cummins Memorial Pavers, Cummins Memorial Trees, Cummins War Memorial, Gold Coast - AHS Centaur Memorial, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Centaur Wing, New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis), Port Lincoln Enlistments Honor Roll WW2, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

16 Jan 1942: Involvement Private, SX16401, 2nd/12th Field Ambulance
16 Jan 1942: Enlisted Cummins, SA
16 Jan 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, SX16401, 2nd/12th Field Ambulance
Date unknown: Involvement

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Bryan was born in 1913, in Johannesburg, South Africa, while his Father was working as a Supervisor in the Mines. On returning to Australia, his parents and the family of eleven children eventually settled on a farm near Cummins, South Australia. Bryan’s particular interest on the farm was working with the pigs, as well as preparing the feeds, helping the older brothers with scrub clearing, tending the horses and cows. He was the joker of the family, and loved to play tricks on other family members. He met his future wife Mabel when she was transferred to the town as a Teacher, and they married in 1940.   Bryan was a keen sportsman, and excelled at football, playing for a short while with the Sturt team in Adelaide.

On enlisting in January 1942, Bryan was assigned to the 2/12 Australian Field Ambulance, and was posted aboard the Hospital Ship “Centaur”, leaving Sydney on the 12th May 1943 en route to Cairns and Port Moresby. In the early hours of the 14th May, the ship was torpedoed, and Bryan was amongst the many Soldiers, Nurses and Crew who died.   Of the five brothers and one sister who served during WWII, he was the only one to be killed.

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