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Robert Chas BURGESS

Regimental number2803
Place of birthStanley
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
Address90 Young Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Katherine Maine Burgess, 'Ormond', Dangar Street, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Displayed great gallantry and initiative in assisting to mark out trench near Eaucourt-Abbey-Geudecourt.
Recommendation date: 30 November 1916

Bar to Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry in helping to complete wire entanglements under heavy fire. Also for consistent good work.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1917

Military Medal

'By Corporal BURGESS's fine example of gallantry and organisation he greatly assisted in the success of a party numbering forty eight sappers, completing 750 yards of double apron wire entanglements under shell and Machine Gun fire. During recent operations Corporal BURGESS has consistently done good work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'On night 17th/18th November, 1916, near EAUCOURT-ABBEY-GEUDECOURT, this sapper accompanied Lieutenant FILDER of the 7th Field Company Australian Engineers to mark off by tracing tape new trench 200 yards long for purposes of straightening our front line and securing a better position. This was completed under heavy Machine Gun fire. Sapper BURGESS ably assisted in extending infantry on the task in such a way that the area swept by enemy machine gun fire was connected by sapping from shell holes, instead of digging in the open whereby many casualties were saved. During these operations, Lieutenant FIDLER was wounded and Sapper BURGESS carried on the work of supervising, and when Infantry ceased work, made a complete reconnaissance of the work done, reporting in detail the state of the trenches.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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