John (Jack) BURNLEY


Service Number: 25
Enlisted: 8 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: New Lambton, New South Wales, Australia, 16 November 1888
Home Town: New Lambton, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: New Lambton Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Sewerman
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 23, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

8 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 25, 34th Infantry Battalion
8 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 25, 34th Infantry Battalion
2 May 1916: Involvement Private, 25, 34th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
2 May 1916: Embarked Private, 25, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Let us remember a Fallen soldier of The Great War memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

On the 12th October 1917, Private John Burnley, referred to as Jack, 34th Battalion (bugler, Reg No-25), sewer man (Public Works Department), from Regent Street, New Lambton, New South Wales, was Killed in Action by an enemy artillery shell, 1st Battle of Passchendaele, age 29.

Born at New Lambton, New South Wales on the 16th November 1888 to Arthur (died 10.7.1906, New Lambton, N.S.W., age 53), and Sarah Ann Burnley (died 25.6.1924, New Lambton, N.S.W., age 70), Jack enlisted on the 8th January 1916 at Lambton, N.S.W.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A20 Hororata on the 2nd May 1916.

Admitted to hospital 9.1.1917 (bursitis), 21.1.1917 (inflamed patella, severe).

Reported Missing in Action 12.10.1917.

Reported Killed in Action 21.2.1918.

Jack’s name has been inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium.

Place of Association - New Lambton, New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Burnley’s name has also been inscribed on the Lambton and New Lambton Roll of Honor, New Lambton War Memorial Gates, New Lambton Public School Roll of Honour, Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

I have placed poppies at the memorialised Burnley gravesite in remembrance of the service and supreme sacrifice of their son Jack for God, King & Country. GENERAL-02. 20.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.