Ishmael Braithwaite

First Name: 
Ishmael
Last Name: 
Braithwaite
Mother's Name: 
Marion Braithwaite nee Bryce
Father's Name: 
Wiliam Braithwaite
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, January 25, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
35th Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, October 12, 1917
Place of Death: 
Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Ishmael Braithwaite (Service No 7195), was born in Nowra, N.S.W., around 1889.

At enlistment, he was 27 years old, married, worked as a painter, had served in the Senior Cadets, and lived in Nowra, N.S.W. In 1911, Ishmael married Edith Keft, in Nowra, N.S.W., and they had 3 children.

Ishmael embarked on RMS Osterley, with the 1st Battalion, 24th Reinforcement, on 10th February 1917. He arrived in England on 11th April 1917, and joined the 1st Battalion on 28th April 1917. He arrived in France on 24th August 1917, and was transferred to his brother, Alexander Braithwaite's (Service No 2039) unit. On 1st September 1917, Ishmael joined the 35th Battalion, D Company, Platoon 16.

Ishmael was listed as missing after the Battle of Passchendaele and declared killed in action. The Red Cross file evidence states, he was hit by a shell while attacking, and his brother was seen looking for him.

Ishmael has no known grave, and is commemorated for his service on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres, Belgium.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BRAITHWAITE I

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