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Regimental number2527
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHarford, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Burgess, Harford, Tasmania
Enlistment date6 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2527B
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on POLYGON WOOD, east of HOOGE, on 20/21st September 1917, Cpl. HAMILTON and Pte. BURGESS were instrumental in the capture of a strong post on our left flank. With great tact and fearlessness they moved round to its rear and gallantly rushed it, causing its garrison of some dozen Huns to surrender.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous conduct at LIHONS on 11th August, 1918 Private BURGESS did good work patrolling through enemy territory to establish touch with the unit on his left. Although bombed and fired on by large numbers of the enemy he succeeded in escaping and brought the required information back to his own lines.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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