Bryan joined the 12th Battalion in August 1916, at the age of 26. Bryan was working as a labourer and his father, Thomas, was a shearer on Syndal. The family had strong ties with Tunbridge and owned property there.
Bryan arrived in France in April 1917. In September that year, he was shot in the elbow in fighting in Belgium, and was shipped to England. He returned to France in November, attending the Divisional Signal School. In March 1918, he was wounded again, this time in the left wrist and right arm. He was back in France in September 1918 to see out the remainder of the war.
He returned to Tasmania and to Tunbridge in 1919 and applied for land under the Returned Soldier Settlement Scheme. He died in 1972 at the age of 82.
Bryan’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.