The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Sergeant George Burrows|
Ancestor's Name: John Edward Burrows
Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1878
Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1944
Cause of Death: Age related
Service and Life Before the Boer War: John was born in Norwich in the UK in 1875 and was the brother of George in 2NSWMR.
Service Number: 2893
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Sydney
Unit: 'A' Bty, Royal Australian Artillery (NSW Permanent Military Forces)
Rank attained in Boer War: GNR, Date Effective: 01/11/1899
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 03/04/1916
Murray Page: 53
Contingent: Second New South Wales
Ship: SS Warrigal, Date of Sailing: 30/12/1899
Memorial details: Detail not provided
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Cape Colony and South Africa 1901 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: Height 165 cm, weight 76 kg (1915) of fair complexion with grey eyes and dark brown hair.
Reasons to go and fight: Was a serving member of the regular forces
Details of service in war: February 1900 - August 1901 in Cape Colony and Transvaal; the only regular Australian military unit to serve in South Africa. The battery was split into sections and it is not clear which section that John belonged to. He returned with the battery on the SS Harlech Castle on 15 Sept 1901
Service and life after the Boer War: Married Annie. Served a total of three years in the RAA, then bought himself out of the commitment. Worked as a contractor and lived at Glebe. Joined the AIF 22 September 1915. Served in Palestine, initially with the 2 Remount Unit, promoted sergeant and transferred to the ANZAC Police 3 April 1916 (he did ask to revert to private, and spent some time in hospital), transferred to 6 LH 26 June 1916. Returned Australia July 1916 and discharged 9 December 1916. to He died in 1944 at Canterbury, NSW.
Name of Descendant: Elaine Young
Relationship to Ancestor: Second Cousin