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Hector Bonn BURNS

Regimental number1873
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngineer
AddressWest Warburton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 3"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs. Julia Agnes Burns, West Warburton, Victoria
Enlistment date26 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Discharge date14 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 10 June 1916; taken on strength, 5th Division Details, Tel el Kebir, 9 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 August 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 August 1916; proceeded to England, and marched in to 15th Training Bn, 21 August 1916.

Found guilty, 15 August 1916, of being in town after 9 pm contrary to Base orders: awarded forfeiture of 7 days' pay.

Found guilty, 8 September 1916, of being drunk on duty, Larkhill: awarded 3 days confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 2 November 1916, of being absent without leave, 0630, 10 October, to 2315, 31 October 1916: awarded 32 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 22 days' pay.

Found guilty, 3 November 1916, of being absent without leave from 1830, 3 November, to 1000, 20 November 1916: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 46 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 December 1916; taken on strength, 28 December 1916.

Admitted to 4th Stationary Hospital, 25 January 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to Ambulance train No 25, 28 January 1917, and admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 29 January 1917. transferred to England, 13 March 1917, and admitted to Kitchener's Military Hospital, Brighton, 14 March 1917 (debility); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 April 1917; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 7 June 1917.

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 24 September 1917.

Found guilty, 23 March 1918, of being absent without leave, midnight, 21 March, to 9.30 am, 23 March 1918: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay; forfeited total of 4 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 25 March 1918; discharged, 15 April 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 22 days.

Admitted to 1 ADH, 17 April 1918; discharged, 19 April 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 3 days.

Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 21 May 1918; to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 30 May 1918. Transferred to Machine Gun Details Training Depot, Grantham, 1 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 September 1918; taken on strength, 5th Machine Gun Bn, in the field, 17 September 1918.

Found guilty, 1 November 1918, of being absent without leave, 2100, 1 November, to 0900, 3 November 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 9 days' pay.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 22 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Orontes', 15 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne (date not recorded); discharged, Melbourne, 14 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAge given on Attestation Form as 33.4; recorded on Embarkation Roll as 38.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURNS Hector Bonn

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