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Regimental number277
Place of birthLurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address369 Liverpool Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 7.25"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Peter Burns, Augha Common, By Lurgan, Co Armagh, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 12 years in the Royal Field Artillery, British Army (time expired).
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 14, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 March 1918
Discharge date9 October 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 1 May 1916; transferred to Grantham from Machine Gun Training Depot, 21 August 1916; marched into Base Depot, Etaples, France, from England, 1 October 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital (sick), Calais, 19 October 1916; to England, 22 October 1916; admitted to Queen Mary's Hospital, England, 22 October 1916; discharged from Hospital, 11 November 1916, on furlough to report to Perham Downs Command Depot on, 27 November 1916; marched into No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, from Perham Downs Command Depot, 30 November 1916; taken on strength of 4th Divisional Machine Gun Company from 14th Machine Gun Company, 13 February 1917.

Found guilty, 17 May 1917, of (1) whilst on active service being absent from 1:30 pm parade, 16 May 1917, until 2:45 pm, 16 May 1917: awarded 7 days' detention.

Found guilty, 20 June 1917, of (1) whilst on active service being absent without leave from escort, 9:50 pm, until 3:50 pm, 13 June 1917: awarded 7 days' detention.

Proceeded overseas to France from Southampton, 7 September 1917; appointed Lance Corporal, 11 October 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound right thigh), in the Field, France, 15 October 1917, to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 16 October 1917; to 9th Red Cross Hospital, Calais, 16 October 1917; to England, 18 October 1917; admitted to Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, England, 19 October 1917; marched into Sutton Veny Command Depot from Hospital, 5 December 1917; marched out to Weymouth Command Depot, 19 January 1918; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, 21 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Durham Castle' for discharge (gun shot wound right thigh), 10 March 1918; disembarked, Sydney, 12 May 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 9 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 October 1941
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURNS James

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