He was born, Mundaring, W.A, 15 Jul 1912 and enlisted on 23 Dec 1940. After training he was graded as Group II Signals.
Bryant was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Signalman in Signals Section, Headquarters Group. He was attached to No 2 Section, "A" Platoon for the defence of the Dili Drome and as the Japs attacked the Drome, he tried valiantly to signal headquarters with the Lucas Lamp all night. Because of the mist, headquarters did not see the lamp flashes and he was killed in action, early on 20 Feb 1942, during the first contact with the Japanese.
He is commemorated on Northern Territory Memorial, Panel 3.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps
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