William Brandt

Alias Served as Brant

Born 3.10.1894

Place Arensburg (Kuressaare), Oesel (Saaremaa), Estonia

Ethnic origin Estonian

Religion Lutheran

Father Michal Brandt

Mother Mary Brandt

Residence before arrival at Australia After leaving Estonia lived in England, 1910-1912

Arrived at Australia
from Hull, England
on 11.12.1912
per Habring
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Richmond, Victoria

Occupation 1916 sailor, 1938 AB seaman

service number 6216
enlisted 27.04.1916
POE Warragul, Vic
unit 5th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1917 (twice)
final fate RTA 10.07.1919
discharged 20.10.1919

Naturalisation 1940

Residence after the war Richmond, Victoria

Died 1953 (?), Heidelberg, Victoria


Naturalisation (NAA) (Brant W.)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Brant)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Brant)

Court martial records (NAA) (Brandt)

Personal case file (NAA) (Brant)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] the Estonian William Brant (Brandt), from the 5th Battalion, was sentenced to five years' penal servitude for desertion in the field. A former sailor, Brant had been twice wounded, and at his trial he [...] stated that the Russian consul had pressured him to join the army, and 'now that Russia has signed peace I want my discharge'. His plea was unsympathetically received and his battalion commander, in comments attached to the court materials sent to headquarters for confirmation, said: 'In case of Brandt ... I beg to recommend that the sentence of 5 years P.S. be put into execution. This man made application some time ago for his discharge from the Army on the grounds that he was not a naturalised British subject, but a Russian, and as his home is now under German control he wished to do what he could to get in touch with his people.'