John Robert BURKE

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BURKE, John Robert

Service Number: VX60318
Enlisted: 28 July 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 42 Port Landing Craft Company R.A.E.
Born: Warracknabeal, Victoria, 2 March 1921
Home Town: Ararat, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Bougainville, Pacific Islands, 9 June 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

28 Jul 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Corporal, SN VX60318, 42 Port Landing Craft Company R.A.E., Bougainville
28 Jul 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Royal Park, Victoria

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Biography

On leaving school John Robert Burke joined the staff of the Commercial Banking Company, Ltd of Sydney, and was stationed at Donald, where he enlisted in the A.I.F. A keen and competent all round athlete he was particular good on the football field, and as one of Donald’s leading players received several offers to go to Melbourne.

Whilst on active service he was recommended for a commission in the Militia, but decided to stay with his mates and remained in the A.I.F , 42 Landing Craft Company, RAE, of Ararat Vic, as driver in an armoured corps, and later joined the landing assault craft, and was engineer in charge of a boat. Corporal John Robert Burke was killed in action at Bougainville on 9 June 1945.

 

"...VX60318 Corporal John Robert Burke, 42 Landing Craft Company, RAE, of Ararat, Vic. He was a bank clerk prior to enlisting in July 1941. Cpl Burke was killed in action at Bougainville on 9 June 1945. He was 23 years of age. His brother VX29141 Sapper Stanley Cameron Burke, 2/10 Field Company, RAE, died as a prisoner of war in Thailand on 29 January 1944." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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