William BURNS

BURNS, William

Service Number: 663
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Farrier Sergeant
Last Unit: 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Mareeba, Tablelands, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 663
20 Aug 1901: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 663, 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, AWM Boer War Unit Details, Murray p. 506 & 519 notes part of 1st Draft of 6th QIB embarked at Sydney 20 Aug 1901 aboard Britannic arriving Cape Town 22 Sep 1901.
1 Jan 1902: Promoted Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Farrier Sergeant, 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen
23 Jun 1902: Discharged Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Farrier Sergeant, SN 663, 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, AWM Boer War Unit Details, Murray p. 508 notes 6th QIB embarked at Durban 17 May 1902 aboard Devon returning to Australia arriving Brisbane 17 Jun 1902, disbanded 23 Jun 1902.

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Biography contributed by Claude McKelvey

William Burns served twice in the South African (Boer) War. First service as a Private S.N. 62 in the 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry, and second service as a Private (rising to Farrier Sergeant) S.N. 663 in the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen. Newspaper report on 16 May 1902 has him remaining in South Africa for further service when the rest of the contingent embarked to return to Australia, his actual date of discharge is unknown.

(source- AWM Boer War Nominal Roll- Murray p. 468 & 519).

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