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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: William Braitling
Name: Braitling, William Walter
Also known as: Bill Braitling
Rank: Bombardier
Service Number: 2093
Next of Kin: William (Bill) born in 1887, was the 2nd son to parents Charles Christian Braitling and Elizabeth (Eliza) Braitling (nee Bradley) at Springsure (Qld.) (C9704 Qld BDM registration). Charles Braitling had left London with his sixteen year old brother Willliam Walter Braitling, with the intention of going to sea, instead they both decided to settle in Australia. Charles arrived in Rockhampton in 1880 where he met Eliza, an Irish immigrant from Armagh, whom he married in 1883 (C1551 Qld BMD registration). He was an overseer at Arcturus Station before taking up grazing on his own account at Springsure. Bill left Queensland at 16 and came to the Territory looking for better wages, working his way across the Barkly Tablelands before settling in the Victoria River Downs district where he became a skilled horseman. Bill returned to the Territory after serving in the 54th Battery during the First World War and took up a grazing licence adjoining Wave Hill. Bill called the station Paschendaele. Bill later took up another property in Central Australia which he named Mount Doreen after his wife. During the Second World War, Bill mined wolfram on his property, which proved to be a profitable venture. Bill also pursued a political career serving as a Member for Stuart in the Legislative Council from 10 December 1949 to 20 April 1951. Bill lived on Mount Doreen Station until his death in Alice Springs in 1959. He is the cousin of Albert Braitling who also served in the First World War.
Occupation: Drover
Date of Enlistment: 6-Dec-1915
Age at Enlistment: 28
Place of Enlistment: Rockhampton (Qld.)
Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement, 54th Battery, 14th Field Artillery Brigade
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1959-09-02
Place of Death: Alice Springs (N.T.)
Place of Burial: Alice Springs General Cemetery (N.T.)
Honours and Awards: Meritorious Service Medal Distinguished Service Medal
Service History: Braitling embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A62 'Wandilla' on 31 January 1916.
Related link: Service Record
The history of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Force, August 1914-April 1919 by G. H. Bourne. Tamworth : Northern Daily Leader, 1926.
Unit War Diary
Meritorious Service Medal
Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. rev. ed. by David Carment, Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008 p.54-55.
Embarkation Roll
Distinguished Service Medal
Nominal Roll
"At the front - Letter from Bombardier W.W. Braitling", Morning Bulletin, 26 February 1919: p.7.
"Men Wanted - Australia Should Do More", Brisbane Courier, 27 July 1917: p.9.
"Central Queenslanders Abroad. Letter from Mrs. H. G. Wheeler", Morning Bulletin, 3 December 1918: p.10.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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