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Walter Browne

Thirty men from each of the three Australian Tunnelling companies were separated to become the Australian Electrical & Mechanical Mining & Boring Company. They became known as the ‘Alphabet Company’, and the men who served were referred to as the Alphabeticals.

One of their number, Walter Browne 5055 (a well borer by occupation) came from Blakeville (near Ballan) in Victoria. After being assigned to the 13th reinforcements for the 2nd Field Coy Engineers, he transferred to 12th Field Coy Engineers at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt on 18 March 1916.

Nine months later Browne was reassigned to the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Mining and Boring Company (AE&MM&BC) at Messines, Belgium (on 14 June 1917). After falling ill with influenza in France he was admitted to hospital on 28 October 1918.

Walter Browne 5055 died of bronchial pneumonia at the New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Wisques, France on 6 November 1918. He is buried in the Souvenir Cemetery, Longuenesse.

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Australian War Memorial panel in Canberra


Annie Westcott AANS WW1 Memorial Service in Ballarat

Memorial Service to commemorate
Annie Westcott AANS WW1
and in memory of all forgotten nurses of WW1
Saturday 27th of February 2016
Ballarat Old Cemetery

Annie Maynard Westcott was 24 when she commenced her training at the Ballarat Base Hospital, and with 16 years of Nursing and administration experience, she joined the Australian Army Nursing Service in October 1915.

She was buried with other family members whose names were recorded on adjacent headstones, however Annie’s name was missing. Discovering she was lying anonymously in the Old Ballarat Cemetery, the Ballarat Base Trained Nurses League set about raising funds to give Annie her identity and recognition.

Her story came to light during the preparation of the book “They answered their countries call’ written by Garry Snowden.

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