John Brain 190, a 27 year old labourer from Ballarat who ended up in different Battalions,
such as the the 14th, 29th and 46th.
Interestingly he also joined the 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company in France.
He contracted Pleurisy, was gassed, as well as shot in the right leg.
He did however return home to Ballarat, where he died at the age of 85.
Record via the National Archive of Australia.
Other details via ‘They answered their country’s call’ by Garry Snowden.
Short account of service and sacrifice from Ballarat General Cemeteries.www.ballaratcemeteries.com.au
where he joined the New Zealand Engineers and Tunnelling Company.
He died of wounds on the Flanders Fields in the 14th of October 1917.
He is buried at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France.
WW1 New Zealand Tunnelling Company Memorial Dedication at Gilmour Reserve, Waihi, New Zealand – 22 January 2016.
Di & Yvon from Mining Mud & Medals were honoured to be able to accept the invitation to be part of this special event. We have had an amazing few days. Special thanks go to Sue, Kit, Krishna and Warwick (in particular) for making us so welcome; it was like meeting longstanding friends from the moment we all clapped eyes on one another. Their extra special brand of Kiwi generosity will never be forgotten. We will return…
For More on the New Zealand Tunnellers:
NZ Tunnelling Company