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Joseph BURKE

Regimental number4977
Place of birthGalway, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSteward
AddressCathedral Street, City
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs N Flaithy, Craddack, Galway, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Army Medical Corps, Hospital Transports Staff (No. 1 Hospital Ship, 'Karoola')
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 14 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1917
Discharge date1 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 December 1915; proceeded to Ismailia, Egypt, 9 March 1916; embarked overseas, 21 March 1916; Reported at 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 29 March 1916; marched out to reinforcements at Army Medical Corps, 31 July 1916; taken on strength of 5th Field Ambulance, 6 August 1916.

Evacuated wounded from Casualty Clearing Station, 18 February 1917. Admitted to 6th Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 20 February 1917 (shrapnel wound to left foot); transferred to England, 6 March 1917; admitted to Hampstead Military Hospital, England, 7 March 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 13 April 1917.

On leave from 14 June 1917 to 23 June 1917.

Admitted to Australian General Hospital, Harefield, 22 June 1917.

Invalided to Australia on board HS 'Kanoola', 3 July 1917; disembarked Sydney, 29 August 1917; discharged, 1 March 1918 (medically unfit).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURKE Joseph

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