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Brigden, David Lewis (3774)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 18 years 7 months

Enlistment Details: Friday, 9 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3774 view online service record

‘Moreton’, Union Street
Brighton, VIC

Next of Kin:
James Brigden (father)
Moreton’, Union Street
Brighton, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 8 February 1916
Ship: HMAT Warilda A69
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion – 9th Reinforcements

KIA: Saturday, 26 August 1916
Place: France

Corporal, 21 Infantry, killed in action 26 August, 1916, France, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.

Parents: James and Mary BRIGDEN, born Port Melbourne, educated Nott Street SS, Port Melbourne and Brighton SS. He enlisted as an 18-year-old cycle mechanic with his father as next of kin in Brighton. He previously served as a Lieutenant in the Senior Cadets; originally posted as Missing, declared killed in action at a Court of Enquiry in July, 1917. The circular notes a older brother, 3193, James Bristock BRIGDEN (born Maldon and listed as a journalist) served with the 29th Infantry and later the Australian Army Medical Corps before being granted a two-year Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University after he returned to Australia.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 6, 2016 4.57 pm 0Likes

    “On 26th Aug. 1916 at Mouquet Farm. After we had got into the German trench I saw him lying dead alongside me. He had been killed outright, hit by a bullet right through the neck. Enemy counter-attacked the same day and drove us out of the trench. We had been cut off from the rest of our Battalion. His body would have been left in the trench” (Pte L. A. Wyllie, 3952, 21st Battn., A Coy)

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