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William BURN

Regimental number5797
Place of birthDundalk, Co Louth, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressMuttaburra, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 7"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinBrother, James Burn, Fane Valley, Dundalk, Co Louth, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 August 1916
Place of enlistmentEmerald, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Discharge date7 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Brisbane, 22 October 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917; marched into 7th Training Bn, 10 January 1917; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 13 March 1917; marched into 2nd General Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 14 March 1917; proceeded to join unit, 17 March 1917; taken on strength of 26th Bn, 29 March 1917; proceeded on leave to England from Belgium, 29 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 18 February 1918.

Found guilty, Belgium, 21 February 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 7:30 am, 13 February 1918, until 4:45 pm, 14 February 1918: awarded 14 day's Field Punishment No 2; forfeited 16 day's pay.

Field General Court Martial, held in the field, France, 8 June 1918, charged with: (1) drunkenness on, 30 May 1918; (2) offering violence to his superior officer: sentenced to 6 months' hard labour.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound, legs), 10 August 1918; to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 10 August 1918; to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, 11 August 1918; to England, 17 August 1918; admitted to War Hospital, Epson, England, 17 August 1918; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 September 1918; discharged to Weymouth Command Depot, 25 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 20 November 1918; disembarked, Melbourne for Brisbane, 5 January 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 7 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURN William

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