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Sidney Robert BURNS

Regimental number4021
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRichmond Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ruby Ethel Burns, Richmond Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 28 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Sidney spelt Sydney on Nominal Roll.

Military Medal

'During the operations of this Battalion near BELLICOURT between the 29th September/1st October 1918 Tem/Cpl. BURNS displayed much Gallantry, courage and initiative. When his Officer and the Platoon Sergeant became casualties Corporal BURNS assumed command of the Platoon and by his example, coolness and immediate grasp of the situation quickly obtained the full confidence of the men. His work was an inspiration to them. He was a member of a fighting patrol entering JONCOURT when single handed he captured five prisoners. He is entitled to the highest praise for his very fine work throughout the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 August 1964

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