Burn, William

Personal Details

First nameWilliam
Place of birthDundalk, Co Louth, Ireland


War Records


ServiceAustralian Army
Service number5797
Date of enlistment03/08/1916
Locality of enlistmentMuttaburra
Place of enlistmentEmerald Qld
Next of kinBrother - James Burn, Fane Vally, Dundalk, Co Louth, Ireland
Date of discharge07/02/1919
Posting at discharge26th Ballation
HonoursBritish War Medal, Victory Medal

Sources NAA: B2455, BURN William


Embarked, Brisbane, 22 October 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917; marched into 7th Training Bn, 10 January 1917; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 13 March 1917; marched into 2nd General Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 14 March 1917; proceeded to join unit, 17 March 1917; taken on strength of 26th Bn, 29 March 1917; proceeded on leave to England from Belgium, 29 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 18 February 1918.

Found guilty, Belgium, 21 February 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 7:30 am, 13 February 1918, until 4:45 pm, 14 February 1918: awarded 14 day's Field Punishment No 2; forfeited 16 day's pay.

Field General Court Martial, held in the field, France, 8 June 1918, charged with: (1) drunkenness on, 30 May 1918; (2) offering violence to his superior officer: sentenced to 6 months' hard labour.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound, legs), 10 August 1918; to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 10 August 1918; to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, 11 August 1918; to England, 17 August 1918; admitted to War Hospital, Epson, England, 17 August 1918; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 September 1918; discharged to Weymouth Command Depot, 25 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 20 November 1918; disembarked, Melbourne for Brisbane, 5 January 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 7 February 1919.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal