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Australian Imperial Force 25th Btn

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Bracher MM.. Albert Victor. Sgt. (d.29th Jul 1916)
  • Coley Charles Cephas. Pte. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Goddard DSO MID.. Arthur Henry. Brig.Gen.
  • Rowell MC. Edward Leslie Graham. Lt. (d.15th Nov 1917)

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Pte. Charles Cephas Coley 25th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)

Charles Cephas Coley died on 2nd September 1918, aged 19 and is buried in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was the son of Mrs. Lucy Coley, of Brisbane St., Ipswich Rd., South Brisbane, Queensland Born at Roma, Queensland.

s flynn




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Lt. Edward Leslie Graham Rowell MC 25th Bn. (d.15th Nov 1917)

Edward Leslie Graham Rowell was born at Walbottle House, Northumberland, England. He enlisted in March 1915 and left for the Front as a member of the 25th Battalion A. I. F. He played his honoured part as an ANZAC, having spent four months in the winter campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. He then served with the first Australian divisions in France fighting on the Western Front where he won his commission in the field.

At Westhoek Ridge on the 20th of September 1917 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, when during the advance an enemy Pill-box from which the enemy were emerging, seemed likely to hold up the advance, this Officer rushed it single handed. Although his revolver was shot out of his hand, he engaged them with bombs, killing four and taking 20 prisoners. Later, when his Company Commander was wounded, he took charge of the Company, eventually carrying out a relief under heavy shell fire. Throughout his courage and coolness were a fine example to all ranks.

Edward was killed on the 15th of November 1915, he was the son of Robert and Helena M. Rowell, of Victoria St., Warwick, Queensland. Native of Northumberland, England

s flynn




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Brig.Gen. Arthur Henry Goddard DSO MID. 25th Battalion

Henry Arthur Goddard was born in England in 1869 and, immigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1890. He married Elizabeth Maud Morrow in 1897. Goddard was placed in command of Brisbane defences at the outbreak of war in 1914. He joined Australian Imperial Force as Lieutenant Colonel in 1915 and appointed to command 25 Battalion. He was transferred to 17th Battalion and left Sydney on 12 May 1915 for Egypt. Goddard didn't get to Gallipoli until 2 September due to illness. He served at Quinn's Post and remained there until evacuation on 20 December 1915.

Suffering further sickness he was invalided to Australian in 1916. In July 1916 he embarked again, being appointed commander of 35 Battalion. He arrived in France in November and took part in the battle of Messines and was awarded the DSO. Goddard also served at Broodseinde Ridge and Passchendaele; and repealed an attack at Amiens in April 1918; and Morlancourt. Appointed to command 9th Brigade in May 1918, Goddard, led the Somme offensive until the end of the war, including the battle of Bray-sur-Somme and the attack on the Hindenburg line. Goddard was mentioned in dispatches three times, and after the Armistice the awards of the CMG and the Belgian Croix de Guerre were announced. He returned to Australia in 1920.

s flynn




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Sgt. Albert Victor Bracher MM. 25th Infantry (d.29th Jul 1916)

Albert Victor Bracher was born at Norton, England in 1887 and worked as a sugarcane farmer in Central Queensland before the outbreak of the First World War. He had completed six years of service in the Royal Navy before joining his brother in Brisbane in 1909.

Bracher enlisted in the Australia Imperial Force in Maryborough, Queensland on 15th January 1915. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Battalion and departed from Brisbane on 29th June 1915 aboard HMAT Aeneas. Apart from time spent recovering from illness, he served at Gallipoli from September until December 1915. He was awarded the Military Medal for his actions at Gallipoli on 29th October 1915 when he was involved in dangerous patrols and reconnaissance work that included preventing a Turkish soldier from lighting a bomb that would have landed in an Allied trench. Following the evacuation from Gallipoli, he spent some time at Mudros before arriving in France in March 1916. Albert Bracher was killed in action at Pozieres on 29th July 1916 and is commemorated on the Villers-Brettoneaux Memorial, France

s flynn






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