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Born in Maryborough and a motor mechanic by trade, Calvin Ellis Briant was 18 years and single when enlisted on the 8th of July 1915 in the 6th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 3239. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 'Nestor' on the 11th of October 1915. Wounded in action in France on the 19th of July 1916 Officially reported æPrisoner of War', Germany on the 20th of April 1917; repatriated transferred to Holland on the 14th of April 1918 and arrived England on the 18th of November 1918. Sick to hospital on the 27th of February 1919 and was listed as returned to Australia on the 5th of March 1919 per 'Nevasa' and disembarked on the 25th of April 1919 from the 3rd Military District and discharged on the 19th of August 1919. Tree No. 865