Henry James Braithwaite

First Name: 
Henry
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Braithwaite
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, December 6, 1891
Mother's Name: 
Clara Braithwaite nee Richardson
Father's Name: 
Ishmael Braithwaite
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, May 31, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Henry James Braithwaite (Service No 2338), was born in Nelligen, N.S.W.

At enlistment he was 23 years old, single, worked as a driver and lived in Nowra, N.S.W. Henry had enlisted earlier, but had been discharged medically unfit, after a few days. He was the first of 3 brothers to enlist.

Henry embarked on HMAT A9 Shropshire, with the 13th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement, on 20th August 1915. He disembarked in Egypt and was sent to Gallipoli, Turkey, arriving there on 24th October 1915. Henry was evacuated to hospital, sick with jaundice, on 28th November 1915. He recovered and rejoined the 13th Battalion in France, on 8th June 1916. Henry served on the Western Front until he was admitted to hospital, on 24th October 1916, for treatment of pyrexia. He was deemed unfit for further active service and repatriated to Australia in February 1917. Henry was discharged medically unfit on 18th May 1917. He enlisted for service in WW2, and served as Private Braithwaite (Service No N389989) from 24th February 1942 until 11th January 1943 with the Volunteer Defence Corps.

Henry died in 1979.

Henry's brothers Alfred Braithwaite (Service No 5049) and John Braithwaite (Service No 5050), also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BRAITHWAITE H J

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