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

Military History

  • 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

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