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Thomas Henry BURKETT

Regimental number2877
Place of birthKerry, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressToowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Burkett, Dook, Glennigh P.O., Kerry Island, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 January 1916
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919
Discharge date20 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked, Australia, 14 April 1916; disembarked, Port Said, Egypt, 16 May 1916; embarked, Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Found guilty, 14 July 1916, of (1) overstaying leave from midnight, 10 July 1916, until 9pm, 11 July 1916: awarded 14 days' detention and no further leave; forfeited 1 day's pay.

Marched into 5th General Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 11 September 1916; proceeded to join unit, 28 September 1916; taken on strength of 31st Bn, in the field, 30 September 1916; on leave to the United Kingdom, 7 September 1917; instructed to report to hospital in England, 18 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 2 October 1917; to 8th Brigade School on bombing course, 9 February 1918; rejoined unit from school, 17 February 1918.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance (influenza), 22 June 1918; to 20th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 June 1918; discharged to duty, 1 July 1918; to the United Kingdom on leave, 20 October 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 9 November 1918.

Admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance (gastro enteritis), 19 November 1918; to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 19 November 1918; to the United Kingdom, 1 January 1919; admitted to Cambridge Hospital (appendicitis), Aldershot, England, 4 January 1919; discharged and granted furlough from, 28 January 1919, until, 11 February 1919, to report to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, for admission.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital (venereal disease), Bulford, 12 February 1919; discharged, 30 April 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 78 days.

Found guilty, 21 May 1919, of (1) neglecting duty: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Marched out to Weymouth Command Depot, 6 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Friedrichsruh', 8 July 1919; disembarked, Sydney, 4 September 1919; discharged, Brisbane, 20 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURKETT Thomas Henry

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