Harold Braidie was born in Ballarat and was a Carpenter by trade when he enlisted in the 39th Battalion, A Company on 22 February 1916 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916. In December 1916 he was hospitalised with an accidental foot injury, then on May 29th 1917 he was wounded in action and evacuated to hospital in England suffering from a gunshot wound to the buttock. After recovering he was able to rejoin his unit on October 1st 1917, but just three days later he was again wounded, suffering a gunshot wound to the right shoulder, and was once more evacuated to England. While in England he incurred the displeasure of his Captain for æfailing to attend dental parade after being duly warned' for which he was confined to barracks for four days. He rejoined his unit in January 1918 and saw out the war before returning home on the Suevic in mid-1919.
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