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Regimental number5153
Place of birthGlen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRoebourne, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 11"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Bourke, Kilpush Cottage, Knocklong PO, Knocklong, County Limerick, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 31 October 1917
Discharge date21 January 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 19 February, and transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital (hammer toe); to Convalescent Depot, Ras-el-Tin, 17 March 1916; discharged to duty, Tel-el-Kebir, 26 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on SS 'Briton' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 28 May 1916.

Found guilty, 7 July 1916, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 4 July, to 2.00 pm, 6 July 1916: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay; forfeited total of 4 days' pay. Admitted to Red Cross Hospital, 9 September 1916; discharged from Red Cross Hospital, 25 September 1916, and take on strength of English Training Depot, Christchurch; classified P.12, 19 May 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 June 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on HMAT 'Berrima', 31 October 1917; disembarked 5th Military District, 9 November 1917. Discharged as being medically unfit for service, Perth, 21 January 1918 (hammer toe).

SourcesNAA: B2455, BOURKE John

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