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William Sydney BURNS

Regimental number536
Place of birthAlbert Park, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressPrahran, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Ann Burns, 63 Greville Street, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name37th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Work after 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 29 December 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'This N.C.O. previous to his appointment as Company Quarter Master Sergeant, acted as assistant to the latter and did excellent work. On his promotion, he showed marked ability and his care for the comfort of the men in his Company was shown on all occasions. Particularly during the advance after the 8th August, 1918, his devotion and hard work usually under very trying circumstances resulted in the men of his Company never being short. He was an original member of the 37th Battalion and since the disbanding of that Battalion has done equally good work in the 38th Battalion to which he was transferred.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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