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Albert Gordon BURT

Regimental number2159
Place of birthLichfield, England
SchoolAston Grammar School & King Edward's Grammar School, Stratford-on-Avon, England
Other trainingStudied at St Columb's Hall, Wangaratta, Victoria
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSs teacher
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, mrs Harriett Mary Burt, c/o Miss N Ward, 21 Market Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, Eng.
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A13 Katuna on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps Headquarters
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was badly injured in an accident while serving in France "from which he never fully recovered his mental power". He left Europe on a sea voyage to regain his health on 28 August 1919, and died suddenly on 4 September 1919.
FateDied at sea 8 September 1919
Place of death or woundingAt sea
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
2
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Henrietta BURT, 21 Market Street, Lichfield, England

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