Studio portrait of 540A Private (Pte) Leslie George Bursill of Marybrough, Vic. A labourer before ...

Units
Accession Number P06303.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Maker Bennett, Bullford & Durrington Camp Studios
Place made United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire, Salisbury Plain
Date made c November 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 540A Private (Pte) Leslie George Bursill of Marybrough, Vic. A labourer before enlisting in May 1916, Pte Bursill formed part of the 4th Reinforcements of the 2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion before being transferred to reinforce the 5th Battalion in January 1917. Pte Bursill took part in a four-man reconnaissance patrol of the German positions at Strazeele near Hazebrouck on the morning of 16 June 1918, dressed in captured German uniform and equipment. He was seen to have taken cover in a shell hole close to the German lines once the patrol was discovered, and drew heavy grenade and machine-gun fire. Despite attempts to rescue the raiders from No Man's Land, Pte Bursill was never seen again, leaving behind a wife and a newly born daughter whom he never met.