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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

James BRENNAND

Born 1886 in Preston, Lancashire, England [20] [21]
Son of Daniel BRENNAND and Margaret HELM [20] [21]
His father worked as a Tape Sizer at a Cotton Mill [20]
He was one of ten children with nine siblings - Daniel, Elizabeth, Agnes, William, Margaret, John, Joseph, Ernest and Arthur [20]
In 1891 was living with his parents and siblings on Coupe Green in Walton le Dale, Lancashire, England [20]
His mother died at the age of 42 years in 1894 [21]
His father married widowed cotton weaver Mrs Betty ALDRED nee HARTLEY in 1895[20] [21]
In 1901 was living with his father, stepmother and siblings at 149 Blackburn Road in Great Harwood, Lancashire, England [20]
Married Margaret Ann HARTLEY in Lancashire, England in 1907 [21]
In 1911 he was working as a Labourer at a Calico Printworks and living with his wife at 40 Chapel Street in Accrington, Lancashire [20]
Along with his wife departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Belgic for Fremantle, Western Australia on 23 September 1911 [203]
Labourer, Railway Fettler and then Leaseholder in Arrino 1913-1917 [6] [19] [44] [50]
From 1915 to 1918 paid rates for the quarter acre Lot 86 in the Arrino townsite [44]
He was still working as a Railway Fettler in Arrino when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 12 May 1917 [30: item 3132155]
On enlistment he was 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighed 118 pounds and had fair hair, blue eyes, a fair complexion and a tattoo on his wrist [30]
While on leave he and his wife were passengers on a train that went into a washaway near Gunyidi on Monday night 23 July 1917 [10] [30]
At the time the disaster was reported as the worst rail accident in the state's history, with three people being killed and 14 injured [10]
He suffered shock and a severe injury to his back and for at least a week was a patient at the Moora Hospital in Moora [10: 27-Jul-1917]
From the accident he also received treatment at the Australian Imperial Force's Base Hospital in Perth for pain in his back and chest [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force due to being medically unfit on 24 November 1917 [30: item 3132155]
Farmer of Laund Farm in Yandanooka 1917-1925 [6] [19]
Died 16 July 1960; buried at the Fremantle Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Palmyra (Anglican, A7, 480) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Brennand' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 October 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/james-brennand [sources]




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