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Regimental number3740
Place of birthRosscarbery, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressTrafalgar, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Burns, Rosscarbury, Cork, Ireland
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Discharge date15 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 22 November 1915; disembarked Egypt, 14 December 1915; joined Bn, Habieta, 2nd March 1916.

Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.

Missing in action, 16 April 1917; 'Reference 3rd Echelon, France. Prisoner of War, Germany: interned, Ruinburg, 15 August 1917.

Embarked to United Kingdom, 10 December 1918; repatriated, England, 10 December 1918; reported to Headquarters and granted leave, 12 December 1918; declared 'absent without leave', 14 January 1919.

Found guilty, London, 30 January 1919, of being absent without leave from 10:00 am, 12 January to 10:00 am, 22 January 1919: awarded forfeiture of 10 days' pay.

Marched in to London Headquarters, 23 January 1919; marched in to Perham Downs Command Depot.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Khyber', 31 March 1918; disembarked Perth, 23 May 1919; discharged, 15 July 1919.

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

All medals marked 'returned, 30 September 1924'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURNS Owen

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