Cecil Henry BURNS


BURNS, Cecil Henry

Service Number: 2869
Enlisted: 16 October 1916, Rutherford, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Singleton, New South Wales, 1892
Home Town: Singleton, Northumberland, New South Wales
Schooling: Singleton Public School
Occupation: Stock Dealer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 19 October 1917
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Grave III. J. 11
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2869, 46th Infantry Battalion, Rutherford, New South Wales
17 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2869, 46th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2869, 46th Infantry Battalion, SS Port Napier, Sydney
19 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2869, 46th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

Cecil fought and survived the 1917 battles of 2nd Battle of Bullecourt, Messines Ridge, Menin Road, Polygon Wood and Passchendaele. He was 25 years old when he was killed.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

A re-dedication service was held at CWGC Menin Road South Military Cemetery in Ieper, Belgium, at 2pm on Saturday 21 April for Private Cecil Henry Burns, of 46th Battalion Australian Imperial Force. Son of George and Fanny Maria Burns, of 109, Ingall St., Mayfield, New South Wales. The circumstances surrounding Private Burns death on 19 October 1917, or how he came to be buried as an Unknown Australian Soldier of the 46th Battalion, are unknown. 

In 2015 researchers from the Fallen Diggers organisation pieced together evidence from a variety of sources to confirm that the two unknown soldiers graves in Menin Road South Military Cemetery were in fact the graves of Private Burns and Driver Comerford.

The service was organised by the Australian Defence Force. In attendance were 15 members of the ADF as well as local dignitaries and volunteers.