Marshall (Mick) BURROWS

BURROWS, Marshall

Service Number: 753
Enlisted: 23 November 1914, Holsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: "Morebringer", Howlong, New South Wales, 5 April 1884
Home Town: Enmore, Inner West Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Howlong Public School
Occupation: Fuelman/Tram driver
Died: Died of Illness (tuberculosis), Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia, 24 August 1919, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Rookwood Necropolis, Rookwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

23 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 753, Holsworthy, New South Wales
8 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 753, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Anglo Egyptian, Sydney
8 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 753, 1st Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 753, 1st Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli
21 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 753, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Armadale, Sydney
21 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 753, 1st Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 4th Pioneer Battalion
18 Jan 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 753, 4th Pioneer Battalion, GSW (left thigh)
19 Jan 1918: Imprisoned Menin, Belgium
24 Aug 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 753, 4th Pioneer Battalion

Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board

Marshall BURROWS, (Service Number 753) was born on 5 April 1884 at Morebringer, near Howlong, Victoria. He became a casual fuelman at Eveleigh Locomotive Deport on 11 May 1914, and a permanent employee two years later. He nominally retained that job until 1919, although he had been granted leave to join the Expeditionary Forces on 2 November 1914. At that time, he was living in Enmore, with his wife Emily.
He left Australia through Sydney aboard HMAT ‘Anglo-Egyptian’ on 8 February 1915 with the 2nd Reinforcements to the Light Horse Regiment. He was serving on Gallipoli when in July he became ill with dysentery to the extent that he was hospitalised and returned to Australia from Suez on HMAT ‘Themistocles’.
After recuperation he returned to duty and left Australia again through Sydney aboard HMAT ‘Armadale’ on 21 March 1916, but this time as the 15th Reinforcements to the 1st Light Horse and on 1 May he transferred to the 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion. His records are confused by continuing ill health, and hospitalisation in France and England. On 19 January he was missing from his unit, though there was no particular evidence of where he might be. A Court of Enquiry held in February ruled that his absence was to be treated as a casualty. In fact, he had been wounded and taken prisoner.
When information was passed from the Red Cross in Frankfurt to that effect, Headquarters of the 4th Pioneers responded:
‘The above-named soldier, a member of this unit, was by Court of Enquiry declared “missing” (battle casualty) as from 19.1.1918. Your letter is the first intimation this unit has received to the effect of the above-named being “prisoner of war.”’
Interned at Parchim he sent a postcard, dated 10/4/18:
‘I was wounded and taken prisoner on 18/1/18. I am still in Hospital and going on well. Trust you will acquaint my people of my being a prisoner.’
He was repatriated to England at the war’s end and then to Australia but was a very ill man with Tuberculosis and heart failure. He was cared for at ‘Boddington’ Red Cross Sanatorium, Wentworth Falls where he died on 24 August 1919. His terminal illness was seen as a consequence of his war service and his death acknowledged as on active service. The Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour gives his cause of death as ‘Prisoner of War’. The cut-off date for First World War deaths is 31 March 1921.
Marshall Burrows left a widow, Emily Adaliza Melissa, and a son, aged four years, Albert M, presumably Marshall. He is buried at Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney.
(NAA B2455-3174104)

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