George Burchill

George Burchill

Regimental number: 13599 Rank: Private
Returned to Australia (RTA)

George Burchill was born in 1894 in London, England to Joseph and Charlotte Burchill. He migrated to Australia in 1913.

He enlisted on 24 November 1915 in Brisbane. George was working as a 22-year-old labourer living at home in Cowper Street, Bulimba Hill. George embarked as a Private from Australia on 29 March 1916 on the “HMAT Kanowna” A61 and was attached to the 14th Field Ambulance at Tel el Kebri, Egypt. In June 1916 he was sent to France where he was hospitalized several times over the next 2 years, including suffering scabies and scalded feet. He was wounded in action on 6 May 1918 during a gas attack near Rouen in France, and as a result, he was sent to Hospital in Winchester, England with severe burns to his face. However, during his time of service George was in trouble with the military when he was posted to Hardcott and Sutton Veny in England, and was consequently detained there from 20 March 1919 until he was returned to Australia on 1 July 1919. He was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

George married Lucy Pearl Kirk in 1928 and they lived in Barton Parade, Balmoral. Sadly, Lucy died 3 years later. George remarried in 1940 to Alice Jane Crouch from one of the pioneering families of Bulimba. In December 1960, George applied for Repatriation benefits.

George Burchill died in 1968 and was buried at Mt Thompson Crematorium.

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