9/08/1915- Completed Application to Enlist & Preliminary Medical Examination Bridgetown WA
21/08/1915- To 25 Depot Company Blackboy Hill Camp WA as Private
4/11/1915- To 12th Reinforcements 10th Light Horse Regiment Blackboy Hill as Trooper
22/11/1915- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Mongolia ” bound for Egypt
14/12/1915- Disembarked Alexandria ex Australia to Overseas Training Base Egypt
3/01/1916- To 12th Light Horse Regiment Army Service Corps Reinforcements Heliopolis Egypt
26/02/1916- Entrained to Helmaih Siding Egypt
1/03/1916- Promoted to Driver Salhia Heliopolis Egypt
22/03/1916- Transferred to 4th Australian Divisional Train Egypt
28/03/1916- Transferred to Anzac Mounted Division Signallers at Romani Egypt
13/07/1916- Admitted 2nd Lowland Field Ambulance Kantara Egypt ( Otitis Media )
19/07/1916- Discharged to Rejoin Anzac Mounted Division Signallers Squadron in the field Egypt
11/09/1917- Recognized for Gallant Conduct by saving a NZ Soldiers life by swimming against a strong current ( Refer Pages 20/34 of Service File )
12/10/1917- Transferred to Rest Camp Port Said Egypt
22/10/1917- Rejoined Anzac Mounted Division in the field Egypt
4/05/1919- To Rest Camp Port Said
11/05/1919- Rejoined Anzac Mounted Division in the field Egypt
7/06/1919- To Rest Camp Port Said
14/06/1919- Rejoined Anzac Mounted Division in the field Egypt
3/07/1919- Embarked Kantara Egypt aboard ” Malta ” for Return to Australia
16/07/1919- Admitted Ships Hospital at Sea ( Cholic )
19/07/1919- Discharged from Ships Hospital ex Sickness
30/07/1919- Disembarked at Melbourne VIC
20/09/1919- Discharged from Service ( Termination of Period of Enlistment ).

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

1914/15 Star – Medal No. 6111

British War Medal – No. 6887

Victory Medal – No. 6858.

 

SECOND WORLD WAR SERVICE

In 1940, Charlie BURNS was working as a Slaughterman in Pemberton, WA, when he committed to enlist for Service in the Second World War. He was approaching 45 years of age when he enlisted on 28 April, 1940. Initial training was conducted at Belmont Camp, WA, after he was allocated to the 3rd Railways Construction Company as a TG3 Platelayer.

Charlie BURNS embarked from Fremantle WA, bound for Kantara, Egypt, where he disembarked on 13 October, 1940. He served with the 3rd A.R.C.C. as a Platelayer until late September, 1941, then relinquished his trade to be appointed as a Group Cook 2 within the same Company. Almost 12 months later, during August 1942, Charlie spent three ( 3 ) weeks in Hospital, stricken with Phlebotomos Fever.

The Army had started to crack down on over-aged Servicemen, so he was marched out to undergo a Medical Board Assessment. Unsurprisingly, Charlie was assessed as being fit for ongoing active service and was transferred to the Depot Battalion Headquarters Section, Egypt. Approximately six ( 6 ) weeks later he embarked Kantara , bound for Fremantle WA, where he disembarked on 18 February 1943.

Charlie was based at Claremont WA for the next twelve ( 12 ) months, where he worked for Battalion and Vocational Headquarters Staff.  On 31 March, 1944, he was transferred to the Catering Corps and entrained to Royal Park Barracks, Carlton , Victoria. After eight ( 8 ) months service in Victoria, Charlie was transferred to WA for Discharge, due to age.  Charlie BURNS spent five ( 5 ) weeks in Hospital before being discharged from War Service at Karrakatta WA on 17 January 1945. He had completed eight hundred and seventy-nine ( 879 ) days of Service outside Australia.

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

Africa Star

Defence Medal.