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John William BURN

Regimental number1198
Place of birthNewcastle on Tyne England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCaulfield East, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Daisy B Burn, Byron Street, Caulfield, East, Victoria
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at La Flague on 10-11 August 1918
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 27 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. On 5 April 1918, at Buire, a post of which he was in command maintained its position covering a bridge over the Ancre in spite of repeated attacks which were launched after heavy artillery preparation. During these attacks, he personally accounted for ten of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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