William (Willie) Arthur Bryan
Mr. WILLIE ARTHUR BRYAN.
A well knowrn citizen of Newport, in the person of Mr. Arthur Bryan, passed. away at 9 Crawford Street, Newport, on Sunday last. The deceased, who was born at South Yarra, leaves a wife and grown-up family to mourn their loss. The late Mr. Bryan had served with the Victorian Navy China Contingent, and was called up for duty in the last war. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the remains being interred in the Williamstown cemetery in the presence of ar large assemlbage of relatives and friends. He had worked at the Bottle Works at Spotswood for many years, urtil his retirement some years ago. The flag draped casket and the service at the grave was conducted by the Catholic priest at Williamstown. Jack Allan, the bugler, sounded the "Last Post" at the graveside, and Mr. M. Pope, the president of the China Navy Contingent, spoke at graveside. Nelson Bros. were the funeral directors.
Williamstown Chronicle, 1 May 1942
Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.
In an article subheaded "Naval Veterans of 89 and 80", in the Williamstown Chronicle on 26 October 1912 Petty Officer W. A. Bryan was listed as receiving a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for 15 years service. To qualify he would have to have served at least four years in the Victorian Naval Forces.