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Regimental number5050
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShip's carpenter
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 9"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinSister, M Taylor, Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 June 1918
Discharge date20 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 31 March 1916; reported to Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, from Australia, 5 May 1916; transferred to 47th Bn from 215th Bn, 20 May 1916.

Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 14 May 1916; proceeded to unit, from Etaples, 16 September 1916; taken on strength of 47th Bn, in the field, 16 September 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance (mumps), 7 February 1917; to 4th Divisional Rest Station, 7 February 1917; discharged to duty, 24 February 1917; rejoined Bn from Hospital, 28 February 1917.

Admitted to 45th Casualty Clearing Station (Philthisis), 28 February 1917; to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 2 March 1917; to England, 11 March 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Burnigham, England, 12 March 1917; discharged on furlough from, 21 April 1917, to report to Wareham Command Depot, 7 May 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital (venereal disease), Bulford, 12 May 1917; discharged to Codford, 29 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 110 days.

Admitted to Codford Clearing Hospital (ulcer on foot), 15 October 1917; marched into Codford from Clearing Hospital, 30 October 1917.

Admitted to Belfast Military Hospital (frost bitten foot), 4 December 1917; discharged to Hurdcott Command Depot, 8 January 1918; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot, 9 January 1918; marched into Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, Tidworth, 9 February 1918; taken on strength of Headquarters from 47th Bn, 18 April 1918; re-transferred to 47th Bn, 27 May 1918; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, 27 May 1918.

Commenced Return to Australia on board HT 'D12' for discharge (Hallux Valgus), 7 June 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 20 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURNS John

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