Resting place of Darling Downs digger

23 Apr, 2015 07:30 AM
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Sergeant Charles Bramley Mann.
Many efforts were made to locate Mr Mann's body and reinter him in a military cemetery
Sergeant Charles Bramley Mann.

MEANDARRA district settler Charles Bramley Mann was amongst those from the western Darling Downs region who enlisted to serve in WWI.

Mr Mann was born at Pyramid Hill in north-west Victoria and his parents Charles and Mary (Bramley) Mann lived in the small town of Mincha.

As an adult, he owned land at Undulla Creek, roughly 15 kilometres north of the township of Meandarra.

He previously served for eight years with the 17th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Citizen Military Forces) and was serving as an instructor until he embarked from Melbourne on July 3, 1916, on board the HMAT Ayrshire.

Mr Mann was promoted several times during November 1916. First, on November 12, he was sent to France with the rank of Private and it was here he joined the 21st Battalion, 13th Reinforcements.

On November 26 he became a Corporal and then a Temporary Sergeant on November 27. On February 1, 1917, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

The 31-year-old was killed in action on May 1, 1917, and was buried by the 21st Battalion Pioneers in a field cemetery.

Many efforts were made to locate Mr Mann's body and reinter him in a military cemetery, however, his remains were unable to be located.

His name appears on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.

QCL

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