Ronald BURNS


BURNS, Ronald

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, 20 January 1886
Home Town: Lithgow, Lithgow, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Auctioneer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial
Memorials: Lithgow War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1914: Involvement Lieutenant, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Lieutenant, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement Captain, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Thursday 6 May 1915, page 9


LITHGOW, Wednesday.

The death of Captain Ronald Burns caused extreme regret here. He was a fine young man, an enthusiastic soldier, and regarded as one of the most capable officers in the Australlan expeditionary force.

From boyhood he took the keenest interest in military matters. In 1911, while area officer hero, he was selected to proceed to India and England to train. He acquitted himself with distinction, and after leaving India he had a period at Aldershot and Farnham. He also obtained an aviation certificate at Hendon. Had he been spared ho would undoubtedly have attained high rank in the Commonwealth forces.