Robert Allen BURLEY

BURLEY, Robert Allen

Service Number: 230
Enlisted: 8 March 1915, An original of B Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hawker, South Australia, Australia, 16 February 1886
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Pozieres, France, 29 July 1916, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Narrogin War Memorial, Nedlands Scotch College WW1 Honour Roll, Subiaco Fallen Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 230, 28th Infantry Battalion, An original of B Company
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 230, 28th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 230, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Robert Burley died during the doomed 28th Battalion attack on Pozieres and the Windmill on 29 July 1916. The only known witness to his death stated: "At Pozieres, after the advance had started, we were lying down in front of the barbed wire when they saw us. He was blown up by a shell, most of the platoon got it...I have written and told his young lady and Mother." His brother had been killed in action only four days before on 25 July at Pozieres, 774 Pte. Frank Armstrong Burley 12th Battalion AIF.