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Francis Joseph BURKE

Regimental number716
Place of birthMerriwa New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address'Courallie', Beaubri Siding, Tpo, Wee Waa, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, F Burke, 'Courallie', Beaubri Siding, Tpo, Wee Waa, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name33rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Work on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089, 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61, 23 May 1919.

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He led his platoon with great dash, single handed, rushing a minewerfer and killing the crew. With a party of six he then took a machine gun post, capturing the gun and the garrison of eight men. Next, with his platoon, he rushed and captured two field guns, killing four of the crew and capturing twelve. After reaching the final objective, he went forward with one man and killed four of the enemy. Throughout the operation his courage, determination, and leadership were a magnificent example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsWar service: Western Front Medals: Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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