FREDERICK THOMAS BREM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Brem lived at "East Cliff", Cliff Parade, Leigh and was a well-known local yachtsman who had lived in Australia for two years. He joined the Australian Army at the outset of the war, serving in Egypt and then the Dardanelles. A telegraphist, he was repairing a broken line in an exposed position when he was killed by a shell on 17 July 1915. He was 26 years old.

 

His father received a letter signed by 18 of his comrades which read "On the morning of the 17th he left us in great spirits to go to the forward observation station as a telegraphist. He left there in the afternoon to return to us, when the telephone wire was found to be broken. It was in a dangerously open position, but he never faltered. Throwing his hat to a man nearby, he sprang forward to mend it (the wire) when a shell burst and struck him. Death was almost instantaneous. We buried him next morning in a quiet cemetery. The battery marched to the funeral, and this subsection carried him."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture shows his grave so quickly made by his comrades. However, Gunner Frederick Thomas Brem has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 11 at the Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli.

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