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Wybert BURRIS

Regimental number1931
Place of birthOuse, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
Address9 Little Arthur Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMrs Burris, 9 Little Arthur Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military service41st Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Immediate)


Recommendation date: 21 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 20th October, 1917, east of WESTHOEK when the 114th Battery was just going into action the Battery position came under very heavy fire from 4.2S Howitzers during which Gunner MURRAY was wounded and a dump of ammunition set on fire. No. 1931 Sergeant BURRIS, 114th Battery with hesitation, immediately carried Gunner MURRAY to a place of safety and the organised a party to put out the fire and isolate it from the remainder of the ammunition. This, by his promptness and skill he succeeded in doing thereby saving ammunition which was immediately required for the operation. His coolness and resource under heavy fire is worthy of special consideration. Awarded Military Medal 2nd October, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 27 June 1918

Date of death26 November 1964
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery

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