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William BURKE

Regimental number609
Place of birthParkes, New South Wales
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Waverley, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address18 Read Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Patrick Burke, 18 Read Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death21.7
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No 3), Fromelles, Nord, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Johanna BURKE, 'Lyra', Read Street, Waverley, New South Wales. Native of Parkes
Family/military connectionsCousin (1st): Sergeant TW O'CONNOR.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 4 January 1916 (varicocele); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ismailia, 5 January 1916; to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 8 January 1916; to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 25 January 1916; discharged, 9 February 1916 (Class A).

Proceeded to 30th Bn from 8th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; taken on strength 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Found guilty, 8 May 1916, of being absent without leave from 0630 hours until 1730 hours, 4 May 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeits 1 day's pay by Royal Warrant.

Found guilty, 13 May 1916, of being improperly dressed on parade: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Statement on Red Cross File No 631203 from 702 Pte LOTON, 5th Pioneer Bn, 21 June 1917: 'I saw his grave at Fleurbaix on the 21st July 1916 in the Military Cemetery which is near Pinny's Avenue. There is a cross over his grave with his name, number and Battalion on it. there are a number of other men of the 30th Btn. Australians buried there.'

Originally listed as 'No known grave'; remains identified following discovery of a mass grave in 2009

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURKE William
Red Cross File No 631203

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