James Burrows

First Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Burrows
Mother's Name: 
Ellen Burrows nee Balsam
Father's Name: 
Frederick Burrows
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, May 29, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
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Details: 

James Burrows (Service No 6470) was born in Wales in February 1886.  He arrived in Australia with his family in 1888.  In 1908 he married Grace Collitts in Marrickville, Sydney, and the couple had 3 children.

At enlistment James was 30 years old, worked as a miner and lived in Woonona, N.S.W.  He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic with 13th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement, on 7th October 1916 and arrived in England on 21st Noovember 1916. 

He joined D Company, 13th Battalion in France on 7th May 1917 and saw service with them on the Western Front.  James was listed as missing on 11th April 1918.  He was in a forward post with 4 other men when it was blown up by a shell during an attack, and all the men were taken prisoner.

James was repatriated to England on 4th December 1918 and returned to Australia in February 1919.  He was discharged from the AIF on 11th May 1919.

James died in Sydney in 1966; his service is commemorated on the Bulli-Woonona War Memorial.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BURROWS J

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