Birth date: 1895
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Benalla
Death date: 24 August 1916
Death place: France
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 157 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 Pozières area and on 24 August 1916 and was involved in heavy fighting at Pozières. Alfred Burvett was killed in action during this time and he is buried at Courcelette British Cemetery, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 24 August 1916
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 10 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record

Burvett, Alfred Sydney (Sergeant, b.? - d.1916)

Collection relating to service of 157 Sergeant Alfred Sydney Burvett, 24 Battalion, Egypt, Gallipoli, and France, 1914-1916. Collection includes letters written home to family in Australia. Maker: Burvett, Alfred Sydney

1DRL/0169 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from Alfred Sydney Burvett to his Family, 1914-1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of 157 Sergeant Alfred Sydney Burvett, 24th Battalion. The letters written by Alfred Burvett to hisfamily in Australia between 18 October 1914 to 1 July 1916. In the letters, Burvett provides an insight into his training at Point Nepean, his time at...



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