James Archibald BOURKE

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BOURKE, James Archibald

Service Number: 885
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Kerang, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Camperdown, Victoria, 1890
Home Town: Wallan, Mitchell, Victoria
Schooling: State School
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 5 July 1915
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Wallan War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 885, Kerang, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 885, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 885, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 885, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
5 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 885, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Kerri Sidorow

James Archibald Bourke was born around 1890 in Camperdown, Victoria.  He was the son of John B. Bourke and Margaret Ellen Bourke (nee Smith) of 364 Lygon Street, East Brunswick.  The Bourkes were former residents of Wallan.  James was a butcher and served his four year apprenticeship with Thomas McKendrick at Wallan.

At the time of his enlistment James was working for T.J.Copeland, Butcher, of Kerang.  The Kerang New Times notes that James was a member of the Presbyterian Choir. 

In a letter from the front on 1 May 1915, John (Glady) O'Donnell wrote that James had been slightly wounded in the leg. He was killed in action at Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli on the 5 July 1915, aged 25.

A memoriam service in connection with Jame's death was held in St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kerang on the 8 August 1915.     

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