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Johnston BURLEY

Regimental number843
Place of birthAghavea, Lisnaskea, Co Monaghan, Ireland
OccupationLocomotive driver
AddressNorth Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation45
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice M Burley, Percy Road, Bayswater, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed on the Instructional Staff, Western Australia; 18 years; 17 months South Africa.
Enlistment date9 January 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 January 1917
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCSM (WO Class II)
Unit nameRailway Unit, Section 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number15/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Bar to DCM

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a train. A waggon containing shells was set on fire by hostile shelling, whereupon he uncoupled the remainder of the train and sent it to a safe distance, subsequently returning to the blazing waggon and endeavouring very gallantly to put out the flames. In spite of great efforts he was unsuccessful and the truck exploded, but his energy had saved the remainder of the train, including a gun which was on board.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date19 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 29 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 11 May 1917.

Awarded Bar to Distinguished conduct Medal, 26 November 1917 (DCM awarded in South Africa).

On leave to United Kingdom, 28 February 1918; rejoined unit, 18 March 1918. Transferred to 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, 27 April 1918.

Admitted to Stationary Hospital, Abancourt, 15 June 1918 (foreign body in right eye); discharged to duty, 16 June 1918. On leave to United Kingdom, 31 December 1918. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 16 January 1919 (scabies); discharged, 20 January 1919. admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 January 1919 (rheumatism); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board 'Kildonian Castle', 21 March 1919; promoted warrant Officer Class I for voyage only; disembarked Fremantle, 28 April 1919; discharged, 19 July 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsServed for 17 months South Africa with Western Australian Mounted Infantry (enlisted 13 October 1899; awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his role in the defence at Slingersfontein).
Date of death--/--/1955
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURLEY Johnston

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