BRENNAN, William

Service Number: 577
Enlisted: 3 October 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gympie, Queensland, Australia , 15 January 1872
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Public Servant (Lands Dept)
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 18 May 1915, aged 43 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane Grammar School Memorial Library WW1 Honour Board 1, Department of Public Lands Brisbane Roll of Honour, Enoggera Shire Council Roll of Honour WW1, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Windsor War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 577, Brisbane, Queensland
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 577, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 577, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
18 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 577, 15th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 577 awm_unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Lance Corporal awm_died_date: 1915-05-18

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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.