Edwin Ernest Delby BURGESS

BURGESS, Edwin Ernest Delby

Service Numbers: SX23829, S36702
Enlisted: 11 June 1942, Parramatta, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Adelaide, SA, 11 March 1922
Home Town: Gilberton, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Memorials: City of West Torrens WW2 Boulevard of Honour
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World War 2 Service

11 Jun 1942: Involvement Signalman, SN SX23829
11 Jun 1942: Involvement Signalman, SN S36702
11 Jun 1942: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN SX23829
11 Jun 1942: Enlisted Parramatta, NSW
11 Jun 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN SX23829
15 Apr 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN SX23829
15 Apr 1946: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Edwin Ernest Delby BURGESS( 1922-?)

Edwin Burgess,  like most young men in WW2 was initially drafted into the Militia  / CMF for Homeland Defence duties.  His early 'S' serial number confirms this;  'S' indicating he wa enlisted in SA and the absence of an 'X' means he was not identified for overseas service in the AIF ; at least initially.   After Japan entered the war the draft reached down to 18 year olds so John would have been eligible for service from his 18th birthday.  However the Government was struggling to cope with the sheer numbers involved and so intake was quite often deferred.

We have not been able to glean his initial enlistment date;  that will require closer inspection of his service record when that becomes available on the DVA website.

After an initial period of service in the Militia, and like many of his colleagues, he decided to transfer to either the RAAF the 2nd AIF or in some cases the Navy. It would appearat that point in time he was based in NSW; specifically Parramatta in Western Sydney.

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