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Patrick BURKE

Regimental number1617
Place of birthGalway, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs D Fitzpatrick, Numurkah, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Agnes Burke, O'Brien's Hotel, Galway, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Place of enlistmentSeymour, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Discharge date14 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Proceeded to France from 10th Training Bn, 9 September 1916; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 11 September 1916; taken on strength of 5th Bn, 29 September 1916.

Found guilty in the field, 22 October 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military conduct, 21 October 1916: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 December 1916 (not yet determined); transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 December 1916; to Ambulance Train '25', 28 December 1916; admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 29 December 1916 (inflamed larynx). Embarked Harve on HS 'St. Patrick' and proceeded to England, 3 January 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, 4 January 1917 (severe laryngitis); discharged on furlough, 30 January 1917. Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 15 February 1917; reclassified B1a, 21 February 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 22 February 1917; moved out from depot, 14 March 1917; marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 1917; reclassified B1A3, Wareham, 28 March 1917; reclassified B1A4, Wareham, 27 April 1917; reclassified B1A3, Wareham, 15 May 1917; marched into Drafting Depot, Perham Downs, 18 May 1917.

Proceeded to France through Southampton, 15 June 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 16 June 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 7 July 1917; to United Kingdom on leave, 20 February 1918; rejoined unit, 7 March 1918; to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 16 July 1918; rejoined unit, 2 August 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Amblance, 14 August 1918, and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station (influenza); to Ambulance Train '20', 14 August 1918; admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 August 1918. Embarked Rouen on HS 'Panama' and proceeded to England, 23 August 1918; admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, 24 August 1918; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 4 September 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 September 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 20 September 1918.

Found guilty at Sutton Veny, 29 October 1918, of being absent without leave, 11.59 pm, 24 October, to 8.10 am, 25 October 1918: admonished by superior officer; forfeited total of 1 days' pay; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, 2 November 1918; taken on strength of depot, Tidworth, 30 November 1918.

Found guilty at Tidworth, 21 January 1919, of being absent witjhout leave, 11.59 pm, 24 January, to 11.00 pm, 29 January 1919: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 15 days' pay; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Medic', 10 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 31 May 1919. Discharged as being medically unfit for continued service, Melbourne, 14 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURKE Patrick

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