Bert Brand

First Name: 
Bert
Last Name: 
Brand
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, July 17, 1888
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Brand nee Culverhouse
Father's Name: 
Joseph Brand
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, September 18, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
59th Battalion
Company: 
A Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1914/1915 Star
Date of Death: 
Thursday, July 4, 1918
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in Action
Details: 

Bert Brand (Service no 2865) was born in Buckinghamshire, England.

At the time of enlistment Bert was single, 28 years of age, employed as a fireman and resided in Bellambi, NSW.  Bert had previously served 3 years with the Buckingham Yeomanry Territorials and worked as a ships fireman.

Bert embarked on HMATA 19 - Afric with the 59th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements on 3 November 1916.  He arrived in England on 9 January 1917 and joined the 59th Battalion, A Company in France on 25 March 1917.

Bert saw service on the Western Front until he was wounded in action on 2 October 1917.  Bert was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of shrapnel wounds to his back and legs and being exposed to gas on the battlefield. 

Bert was returned to his unit on 2 June 1918. On 4 July 1918, Bert was killed instantly as a result of shell wounds to his head.

Bert is buried in Mericourt L'abbe Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot III, Row E, Grave 9.  Bert is remembered on the Wing War Memorial in England.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BRAND B

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