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Alan Edmund BURKE

Regimental number29663
Place of birthHawthorn, Victoria
AddressGwenda Avenue, Canterbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, J E Burke, Gwenda Avenue, Canterbury, Victoria
Previous military service48th Infantry
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 119
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 3 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Ammunition Column
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Cerisy-Gailly on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While his battery was being enfiladed at close range with high explosive and gas shell, this officer by his personal effort and disrregard of danger, succeeded in withdrawing five of the guns. He set a fine example to all ranks of the battery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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