William BRENNAN

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BRENNAN, William

Service Number: 577
Enlisted: 3 October 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gympie, Queensland, 15 January 1872
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School
Occupation: Public Servant (Lands Dept)
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 18 May 1915, aged 43 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Memorial
No known grave - Panel 44.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Department of Public Lands, Brisbane, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Windsor War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 577, Brisbane, Queensland
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 577, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 577, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 577, 15th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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Biography

William was the son of James and Margaret Brennan, from Wooloowin QLD. He was also the brother of David Cresswick Brennan, who was the father of the late Wing Commander William David Brennan  RAAF, who was named in honor of his uncle.

William was aged 42 when he enlisted 3rd October 1914, quite old really, most of the enlistees were aged in late teens early 20s. We know very little about William, but he is honored  here at the War Memorial Canberra  every ANZAC day by Rita the widow of William David Brennan and Katherine and Andrew Brennan his great niece and nephew. RIP William, Australia owes you so much.

 

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