• John Gurner Burnell

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Engineers
  • 2nd Light Horse Brigade
  • Captain

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • Military Cross (MC)
  • Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Date of birth

    Wednesday, 21 January 1885

  • Appointed to AIF as a 2nd Lieutenant.

    Friday, 8 October 1915

  • Date of enlistment

    250 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne's GPO, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Friday, 8 October 1915

  • Embarked for Alexandria, Egypt, from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ceramic.

    230 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia
    Tuesday, 23 November 1915

  • Date John Gurner Burnell left for war

    Tuesday, 23 November 1915

  • Embarked for Marseilles, France, aboard HMAT Arcadian.

    Ahmed Zoayl Sq., Bab Sharqi WA Wabour Al Meyah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
    Friday, 17 March 1916

  • Arrived in Marseilles, France.

    17 Rue de la Loge, 13002 Marseille, France
    Thursday, 23 March 1916

  • Temporarily promoted to Lieutenant.

    Saturday, 1 April 1916

  • Awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry during operations at Pozières, France.

    2 Rue Boulleville, 80300 Pozières, France
    Tuesday, 26 September 1916

  • Attached to 1st Anzac Corps in France.

    Grand Varenne, 23230 La Celle-sous-Gouzon, France
    Friday, 10 November 1916

  • Transferred to 2nd Division Engineers Headquarters, France.

    D997, 23230 Trois-Fonds, France
    Saturday, 3 March 1917

  • Granted leave in UK.

    Old Edinburgh Road, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway DG10 9LT, UK
    Saturday, 31 March 1917

  • Transferred to 5th Field Company A. E. from 2nd Division Engineers Headquarters.

    Thursday, 5 April 1917

  • Rejoined unit from leave.

    Saturday, 14 April 1917

  • Wounded in action in Boulogne, France. Received a gunshot to the left clavicle from a sniper.

    Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
    Monday, 7 May 1917

  • Admitted to 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle -upon-Tyne, UK.

    Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4LF, UK
    Monday, 14 May 1917

  • Admitted to Framlington House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RS, UK
    Thursday, 24 May 1917

  • Wound found to be soundly healed.

    Saturday, 9 June 1917

  • Transferred from 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle to board at 6th Australian Army Hospital.

    B1318, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2, UK
    Saturday, 16 June 1917

  • Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, UK.

    200 Above Bar Street, Southampton, Southampton, Southampton SO14, UK
    Wednesday, 8 August 1917

  • Detached for duty with 2nd Division Engineers at Headquarters.

    Tuesday, 14 August 1917

  • Attached for duty with 5th Field Company.

    Tuesday, 2 October 1917

  • Rejoined unit from detachment.

    Tuesday, 9 October 1917

  • Detached to G. E. 1st Anzac for duty

    Friday, 2 November 1917

  • Promoted to Captain.

    Sunday, 11 November 1917

  • Detached for duty to French Field Company, Epernay, France.

    2-12 Rue Colonel Pierre Servagnat, 51200 Épernay, France
    Wednesday, 2 January 1918

  • Rejoined unit.

    Friday, 18 January 1918

  • Seconded to Chief Engineers Office, Australian Corps as a staff trainee in Belgium.

    Rue du Mitan 6, 6211 Les Bons Villers, Belgium
    Monday, 18 February 1918

  • Appointed Staff Officer to Chief Engineer, Australian Corps.

    Monday, 27 May 1918

  • Awarded the Croix de Guerre for conspicuous services rendered while serving with the Australian Imperial Force.

    Monday, 13 January 1919

  • Detached to AIF Headquarters, London.

    3 Whitehall, London SW1A 2EL, UK
    Monday, 13 January 1919

  • Admitted to hospital with influenza, Prince of Wales Hospital, London.

    20 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5BL, UK
    Wednesday, 12 February 1919

  • Admitted to 3rd London General Hospital.

    Wellhouse Lane, Barnet, Greater London EN5, UK
    Friday, 4 July 1919

  • Returned to Australia aboard HMAT Wahehe.

    Ghan NT 0872, Australia
    Sunday, 2 November 1919

Stories and comments
    • This is a beautiful image.
    • Posted by redjet166, Monday, 28 July 2014

    I really love this image of John Gurner Burnell. For me, he represents 'Discovering Anzacs'. The quality of the images in the 'Bonds of Sacrifice' collection is just amazing.

      • ShaundaSheep
      • Tuesday, 14 June 2016

      Tribute: May John Gurner Burnell rest in peace. We shall not forget his contributions to the war and his bravery and gallantry in war especially at Poizeres.

      • Alaa1234
      • Wednesday, 15 June 2016

      Tribute: May John Gurner Burnell rest in peace. Indeed, he was a respected young man who has greatly served our country. Lest we forget.

    • Tennis Men and the War
    • Posted by blacksmith, Saturday, 17 November 2018

    Wm. J. Daish writes: - Congratulations to Lieutenant John Gurner Burnell, Field Engineers, who gained the Military Cross. He carried out a most risky reconnaissance, which resulted in the occupation of further trenches. Burnell is the South Yarra ‘B’ grade player, one of the four which won the ‘'B’ grade competition in 1914. One can imagine how successfully ‘Bunny’ Burnell would carry on to the battlefield that dash and keenness which he exhibited on the tennis court in times of peace. Winner, Wednesday 4 October, 1916.

    John Gurner Burnell