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Joseph Bird Burgess

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1892
Place of birth:
Benalla, Victoria, Australia

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Gunner
Service number:
11920
Enlistment date:
17/7/1915
Enlistment place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Units:
 —  Royal Australian Field Artillery, 53rd Bty.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
04/10/1917
Place of death:
Polygoneveld, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
25

Cemetery

The Huts Cemetery
Plot: IX
Row: C
Grave: 8

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 15/05/1922
Victory Medal
Medal

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Gunner Joseph Bird Burgess served in the 53rd Battery, part of the 14th Field Artillery Brigade of the 5th Australian Division.

On October 4 1917, his unit took part in the Battle of Broodseinde. His brigade along with the 13th set up their guns between Polygoneveld and Westhoek. His brother, gunner Eric Burgess, served with him at the same gun. He ‘claimed’ his brother after he was wounded in Gallipoli and Pozières, France. He probably wanted his little brother by his side. They had to provide artillery support for the 2nd Australian Infantry Division.

The attack began with a heavy artillery barrage in the early morning. At about 7 am, the two artillery brigades were targeted by the German artillery. A German shell hit the ammunition of the gun and killed the entire crew of four soldiers, together with a soldier and an officer of another battery close by. Joseph and his brother died side-by-side and are buried next to each other at The Huts Cemetery.

Connection to other soldiers 1

Files 1

Sources 9

"Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 Vol. IV The A.I.F. in France 1917", C. E. W. Bean, Angus and Robertson Ltd., 1943, 839.
Sources used
"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 99.
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Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/
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National Archives of Australia
http://naa.gov.au/
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The AIF Project
https://aif.adfa.edu.au/aif/
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The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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War Diary A.I.F. Headquarters, 14th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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War Diary A.I.F. HQ, 5th Australian Artillery Brigade
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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