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Burgin, Walter (1895–1915)

Walter Burgin, c. 1915 photographer unknown

Walter Burgin, c. 1915 photographer unknown

from Bank of NSW Roll of Honour

WALTER BURGIN, the son of Mr. John and Mrs. Frances Burgin, was born at Chiltern, Victoria, on 14th March, 1895, and was educated at Rutherglen, Victoria, where he won his Certificate of Merit before he reached the age of thirteen years. He afterwards attended the Public School at Emmaville, New South Wales, for a period of about two years. From there he joined the Bank of New South Wales on 30th April, 1911, at the age of fifteen and a half. His first appointment was to the Quirindi Branch, and he was transferred about twelve months later to Inverell.

He enlisted on 20th August, 1914, from Inverell, in the 2nd Battalion as private, but was later promoted to the rank of lance corporal. He was amongst the first recruits to leave Inverell with Major Gordon, and sailed on board the “Suffolk” on Sunday, 18th October, 1914.

He took part in the landing at Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915, and was wounded in the head on or about 10th May. According to the first reports received, he died in the Greek Hospital at Alexandria on 21 st May, but later information makes it clear that his death actually took place on board the hospital ship “Gascon.” He was buried at Chatby Cemetery, Alexandria.

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Walter Burgin, c. 1915 photographer unknown

Walter Burgin, c. 1915 photographer unknown

from Bank of NSW Roll of Honour