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George Alfred BURKE

Regimental number6276
Place of birthUpperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPolice constable
AddressWolfram P Station, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 10.5"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Norah Burke, Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 July 1916
Place of enlistmentCairns, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateDischarged 21 February 1919
Discharge date21 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Demosthenes', 22 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 3 March 1917, and marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone; to be Corporal, 6 March 1917. Proceeded to France through Southampton, 19 June 1917; reverts to ranks, 19 June 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 20 June 1917; move into the field, 7 July 1917; taken on strength of 26th Bn, 9 July 1917; appointed Lance Corporal, 27 September 1917; detached to Corps School, 15 November 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 24 December 1917; promoted to rank of Corporal, 5 February 1918; proceeded on leave to England, 3 March 1918.

Admitted to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 5 March 1918 (debility, thigh); discharged on remainder of leave, 25 March 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 28 March 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 September 1918, and transferred to 37th Casualty Clearing Station (shrapnel wound, left shoulder); to Ambulance Train, 3 September 1918; admitted to 6th General Hospital, 3 September 1918. Proceeded to England for further treatment, 6 September 1918; admitted to Bath War Hospital, 7 September 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 14 October 1918; discharged on furlough, 20 December 1918.

Discharged from Australian Imperial Force, London, 21 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURKE George Alfred

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