Sergeant Alfred Sydney Burvett

Service Number 157
Birth Date 09 May 1895
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Benalla
Death Date 24 August 1916
Death Place France
Final Rank Sergeant
Units

Alfred Sydney Burvett was born at Benalla, Victoria and was educated at the state school in Carlton, Victoria. He worked as a silversmith and served in the cadets and citizens forces prior to the outbreak of the First World War. Burvett enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 7 March 1915, and was part of the surplus of troops at Broadmeadows Camp used to raise the 24th Infantry Battalion. His younger brother, Herbert Henry Burvett, also served with the AIF in the 6th Infantry Battalion. Burvett embarked from Melbourne on 10 May 1915 aboard the transport ship HMAT Euripides and trained in Egypt between July and August. During this time, his brother died of wounds received on 7 August at Lone Pine. Burvett and the 24th Infantry Battalion were sent to Gallipoli in September 1915, mostly serving in the Lone Pine area. In early 1916 Burvett proceeded to France, receiving two swift promotions by July; from corporal to acting sergeant. The 24th Battalion moved to the Pozieres area and on 24 August 1916 and was involved in heavy fighting at Pozieres. Alfred Burvett was killed in action during this time and he is buried at Courcelette British Cemetery, France.

Collection items

Rolls

  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Sergeant
    Fate
    Killed in action
    Date of Fate
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Euripides A14
    Date of Embarkation
    10 May 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Timeline

Date of birth 1895
Date of embarkation 1915-05-10
Date of death 1916-08-24

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