John Rogers Burns
Name John Rogers Burns
Number Private 2030
Battalion 24th Battalion
Place of Birth South Melbourne
Next of Kin John Ireland Burns then Mrs. Margaret Burns of Waratah Bay
Date and place of enlistment Broadmeadows 17/8/1914
Physical details on enlistment Age 21, 5’11”, 13 stone, blue eyes and dark hair.
Religion Church of England
Occupation Storeman -wood cutter
Date and place of death He was killed in action on 3/5/1917 at Bullecourt
Location of grave or memorial He is remembered on the memorial at Villers Bretonneux
Relationship to Woorayl Shire
He was from Waratah Bay
- He had been in the militia for 12 months
- 17/8/14 He enlisted
- 22/12/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles
- 19/4/15 He is in hospital on Lemnos
- 25/4/15 He goes to Gallipoli
- 4/5/15 He returned to Suez
- 25/5/15 He disembarked for Australia and went to Seymour
- 26/8/15 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Anchises
- 12/10/15 He went to Gallipoli
- 27/12/15 He went from Mudros to Alexandria
- 13/3/16 He was sick in hospital
- 9/5/16 He embarked Alexandria
- 18/5/16 He disembarked Marseilles
- 17/8/16 He had injured feet.
- 20/8/16 He was admitted to hospital in Etaples
- 2/9/16 He is made a Lance Corporal in Belgium
- 2/12/16 He was suffering from trench feet and was in hospital
- 14/12/16 He returned to his unit
- 12/4/17 He is promoted to Corporal
- 3/5/17 He is missing in action and reported killed
The newspaper notice of his death read: –
Burns Cpl John Rogers 2030 24th BN 3rd May 1917 Age 22 son of John Ireland Burns and Margaret Burns of “Waverley” Carrum.
The Red Cross found a witness
Private A Cash, number 158 24th Battalion on 18th July stated: – This man was killed at 10 am in the morning on the 3rd of May 1917 during the attack on Bullecourt. He saw him lying dead alongside the barded wire in No man’s land. Private Cash was wounded and taken to a dressing station.
A Corporal J M Collery A Coy wrote and told his parents he was well liked and had every prospect of receiving a commission.
- 17/8/20 Margaret Burns asked for a death certificate for the insurance company
- His parents received his scroll, plaque and medals