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Edward Nason BURNEY

Regimental number1226
Place of birthPort Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Port Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressHoffman Hill, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs F Burney, Hoffman Hill near Yarloop, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death23.5
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Frances BURNEY, Morwell, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

'Prisoner of War German list dated 4/11/16 recvd by Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, Australian Branch, British Red Cross Society', 24 November 1916, show that 'identification marks found on the Prisoner of War are inspected by the General War Bureau and shown in the lists as under:- DEAD'

'Identification disc received from Germany', 13 March 1917, 'no particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported KILLED IN ACTION, 20/7/16' on the authority of Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, War Office.

Translation of German message, 2 October 1919, 'Iden: Disc handed over by Intell: Off: with 6th Army H.Q. through Central Office for Deceased Estates 12/10/16[,] Austral: Pte. A.E.N. Burney, 1226, 2nd Btn. fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles on 19/7/16'.

Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 18 October 1920, 'Burney A.E.N. 1226 D.32 A.T. Fell 19.7.16 near Fromelles[.] Final German Death List P'.

Red Cross File No 640806: 'The above name appears on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

'Identity disc recd. From Germany and despatched to N of K. 20.6.17.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURNEY Edward Nason
Red Cross file 640806

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