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George Braund

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Lieutenant Colonel George Braund, VD
George Braund c. 1914
Born(1866-07-13)13 July 1866
Bideford, Devon, England
Died4 May 1915(1915-05-04) (aged 48)
Gallipoli, Ottoman Turkey
AllegianceAustralia Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service1893–1915
RankLieutenant Colonel
Commands held2nd Infantry Battalion
Battles/warsFirst World War:
AwardsVolunteer Decoration
mentioned in despatches

George Frederick Braund (13 July 1866 – 4 May 1915) was an Australian soldier and politician.


Braund was born in Bideford, Devon, England and was educated at Bideford Grammar School and migrated with his family to New South Wales, when he was 15. In 1889 his family moved to Armidale.[1]

In 1893, Braund was commissioned second lieutenant in the Armidale company, 4th Australian Infantry Regiment and promoted to captain in 1899, major in 1912 and lieutenant-colonel in 1914. He was a magistrate and for many years was president of the Armidale Chamber of Commerce.[1] Braund was elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1913, representing Armidale for the Liberal Party.[2]

War service[edit]

With the outbreak of the Great War and the creation of the Australian Imperial Force, Braund was appointed to raise and train the 2nd Infantry Battalion and he became its commander in August 1914. He was the first member of an Australian parliament to enlist in the war. On 25 April 1915, the first day of the landing at Anzac Cove, he landed with his troops and under sustained fire took and held a vital but isolated position. After midnight on 4 May, while returning to brigade headquarters, he took a short cut through scrub and apparently failed to hear a challenge from a sentry, who then shot him dead. He was one of only two serving Australian members of parliament to die in the Great War.[1][3]

Braund was survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.[1]


He was posthumously mentioned in dispatches.[4] On 30 November 1915 in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly the Speaker unveiled a commemorative tablet in honour of Braund and Sergeant Edward Larkin, the Member for Willoughby who also fell at Gallipoli.[5] The plaque reads:

In time of Peace they readily asserted the rights of citizenship. In time of war they fiercely protected them.


  1. ^ a b c d Belshaw, Jim. "Braund, George Frederick (1866–1915)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-522-84459-7. ISSN 1833-7538. OCLC 70677943. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Lieutenant-Colonel George Frederick Braund (1866–1915)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ Lane, Daniel (18 April 2015). "ANZAC hero Ted Larkin: The greatest sacrifice of all". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  4. ^ "No. 29251". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 August 1915. p. 7668.
  5. ^ FitzSimons, Peter (24 April 2014). "Ted Larkin was an extraordinary man who should be honoured". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2020.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by Member for Armidale
Succeeded by