Herbert John Charles (Bert) BURBIDGE (BURBRIDGE)


BURBIDGE (BURBRIDGE), Herbert John Charles

Service Number: 411
Enlisted: 28 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, 1888
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 July 1916
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
No known grave - Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 411, Keswick, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 411, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 411, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 411, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Rick Melbourne

Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au) has incorrectly recorded Surname as BURBRIDGE

"...411 Corporal Herbert John Charles Burbidge, 32nd Battalion. A clerk from Exeter, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) and embarked with B Company from Adelaide on 18 November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong (A2) for Suez. His battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during June 1916. Sgt Burbidge was reported missing in action during the Battle of Fromelles on 20 July 1916 and was subsequently reported as having been killed in action on that date. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France. He was aged 24 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)