Harry (Sol) BRIEN

BRIEN, Harry

Service Number: 357
Enlisted: 18 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, 3 March 1891
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Tallyman
Died: Killed in Action, France, 17 July 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais
Plot I, Row K, Grave 96
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll, Wickham St James' Anglican Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 357, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 357, 30th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Beltana embarkation_ship_number: A72 public_note: ''
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 357, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.
105 years ago today, on the 17th July 1916, Private Harry Brien, (also known as Sol), 30th Battalion (Reg No-357), tallyman (Smith's Timber Yard, Newcastle, N.S.W.), from 34 Fleming Street, Wickham, New South Wales, was Killed in action, age 25 years, 4 months.

Born at Wickham, New South Wales on the 3rd March 1891 to John G (died 1938) and Julia Ann (died 1937) Brien, Harry enlisted July 1915 at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 8.5.1916 (tonsilitis), Harry is resting at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France. Plot I Row K Grave 96.

Mr. Brien’s name has been inscribed on the Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial (photos, unveiled on the 24th May 1916, 7 names originally inscribed, 94 names now inscribed of the Fallen), Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board (1) and the Wickham St. James' Anglican Church Honour Roll.

The headstone from Harry’s parents’ gravesite has toppled from its base, and we do not know if there was a memorial inscription devoted to their son, so October 2016 I placed a memorial cross adorned with poppies to honour the supreme sacrifice of Sol during The Great War.

Older brother John George (57th Battalion, Reg No-66173, born 1889, died 1949, Newcastle, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Lest We Forget.