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William Stuart Brien

Servicenumber : 6/1785
Rank : Sergeant
Regiment : Canterbury Regiment N.Z.E.F.
Unit : 2nd Battalion
Date of Death : 13-12-1917
Age : 29
Grave : Row D. Grave 14.
William Stuart Brien was a son of Jessie Brien, of Waimate, Timaru, New Zealand, and the late Robert Brien. Before he enlisted Brien was a carpenter. He also served at Galipoli. Brien was awarded a Military Medal. His citation read: "Operations opposite Polderhoek 27th November to 1st December 1917. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the above period this N.C.O was in command of the Battalion Carrying Party bringing rations up to the troops in the Front line. The enemy shelled the track at dusk and dawn with H.E shrapnel, and also with Machine Guns, but Sergt Brien personally led his party through the barrage, where a less resolute leader would not have succeeded. He never once failed to bring up hot rations to the men in the trenches, and in these duties showed marked powers of command, initiative and readiness to assume responsibility. He showed the greatest devotion to duty, an utter disregard for danger, and his services were of the greatest value to his Battalion. "
Sources: Website CWGC and website www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial 


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