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Frederick Vernon BURCHELL

Regimental number888
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWireless engineer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, Frederick N. Burchell, Beachport, South Australia
Previous military serviceMilitia (2 years); Naval Reserve (1 year)
Enlistment date5 October 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 4 Squadron, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/7/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Omrah on 17 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollNo 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Fate13 February 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis
Discharge date13 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 17 January 1917; admitted to Ship's Hospital, 25 January 1917; discharged, 9 February 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 27 March 1917, and marched into Australian Flying Corps Depot, Perham Downs, the same day.

Reverts to the rank of 2nd Class Aircraft Mechanic, 2 April 1917.

Taken on strength of No 71 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, 2 April 1917.

On Command at Wireless School, South Farnborough, 16 April 1917; rejoined unit, Castle Bromwich, 24 June 1917.

Promoted to 1st Class Aircraft Mechanic, 1 July 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 13 December 1917 (scabies and boils); transferred to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 January 1918; discharged, 21 January 1918, and marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, the same day.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 23 January 1918.

Marched into Australian Flying Corps Depot, Sutton Veny, 25 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 March 1918; marched into 1st Air Depot, 10 March 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 12 March 1918; taken on strength of No 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, 14 March 1918.

Admitted to No 61 Casualty Clearing Station, 7 May 1918 (contusions, back and left arm, accidental); transferred to No 28 Ambulance Train, 10 May 1918; to No 10 General Hospital, Rouen, 11 May 1918; to No 72 General Hospital, Trouville, 30 May 1918; discharged, 9 August 1918, and attached for duty with G.S. (Maps), General Headquarters, the same day.

Detached from G.S. (Maps), General Headquarters, 2 October 1918; admitted to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 6 October 1918; discharged to Royal Air Force Reinforcements Park, 17 December 1918.

Rejoined No 3 Squadron, 23 December 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 29 January 1919; granted extension to leave, 10 February 1919.

Discharged, London, 13 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Date of death25 June 1927
Age at death34
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 4 East, Grave 7), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURCHELL Frederick Vernon

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