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Soldier profiles

Name : BURGESS, ROBERT NELSON
Service Number : VX17989
Date of Birth : 21/10/1917
Place of Birth : GEELONG, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : SHOP ASSISTANT
Date of Enlistment : 29/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : WERRIBEE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : BURGESS, E
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : SERGEANT
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : 11 PLATOON D COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA
Actions : BALATE RIDGE (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) : 27/06/1941 MORTALLY WOUNDED BALATE RIDGE (SYRIA)
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 28/06/1941
Age at Death : 23
Community Roll of Honour : UNKNOWN
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY, ISRAEL. A. H. 7. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 72
K.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
D.O.W. (date / details) : 28/06/1941 / SYRIA
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6211991 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 105kB),   Past article (size 1462kB)

Background : Son of Ernest Arthur and Stella Vercoe Burgess, of Box Hill, Victoria, Australia. Brother of Staff Sergeant E. A. Burgess. Foundation member of Werribee Militia.