Dairy farmer honoured in France

23 Apr, 2015 07:32 AM
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Lance Corporal Harry Thomas Bramley.
On April 25, 1918, Mr Bramley served as part of the force which liberated Villers-Brettoneux
Lance Corporal Harry Thomas Bramley.

SERVING in WWI was worlds away from reality for western Darling Downs dairy farmer Harry Thomas Bramley.

Mr Bramley was among the first to settle at Undulla Creek, near Meandarra, Queensland.

Like his cousin, Charles Bramley Mann, Mr Bramley was born at Pyramid Hill, Victoria, and his family lived at Bendigo.

Along with his friend and neighbour Auburn Marfield, who went on to become the Mayor of Tara, he milked cows and a ran a cream run to Tara, which then went to the Dalby Buttery Factory via rail.

Mr Bramley enlisted in Melbourne on August 31, 1916, and on October 2, he embarked on the HMAT Nestor as a Private with the 60th Battalion, 6th Reinforcements. He was later promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.

On April 25, 1918, Mr Bramley served as part of the force which liberated Villers-Brettoneux. However, he was killed in action the following day, at the age of 38.

Mr Bramley's remains are buried at the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.

QCL

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