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William Edward BURKE

Regimental number7352
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressTenterfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinBrother, J E Burke, Steinbrook via Tenterfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919

Military Medal

'On 15th October, 1917, while the Battalion was in reserve on WESTHOEK RIDGE, a "Mustard" Gas shell burst in a dug out killing one man and wounding three. Private BURKE was near and though fully realising the danger of contact with Mustard Gas, he rushed in without hesitation and brought out the three wounded. men. Throughout the whole of the tour and particularly in the front line, BURKE was conspicuous for his cheerful energy and utter disregard of danger. His work as a stretcher bearer calls for the highest commendation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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