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Matthew Ernest Brain was born in Ballarat and was a Miner by trade when he enlisted in the Divisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 21 as a Driver on 23 May 1916 at the age of 30. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916. On July 30th 1918 he was hospitalised with an accidental penetrating eye injury. Just two weeks from the war's end he was evacuated to hospital in England suffering from bronchitis, most likely as a consequence of exposure to gas. On January 2nd 1919 he left England on the Karmala and disembarked at Melbourne on February 15th.
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