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Three Months on the Town

Aliph Burris (1892-1971)

Aliph was the youngest son of John Burris and Sarah (nee Squires). On 8 April 1915, just weeks before the landing at Gallipoli, Aliph followed in the footsteps of his older brother Wybert and enlisted. He was originally allotted to the 26th Battalion, but on reaching Egypt and with the reorganisation of the battalions, found himself transferred to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion.
While the Pioneer Battalions were very much in a support role, they were not immune from being shot at or wounded in action. Aliph Burris suffered a gunshot wound to his groin at the end of July 1916 while on the Somme and was evacuated to England for treatment.
After going AWOL on at least two occasions and with a serious war wound, Aliph was sent home to Australia for discharge in March 1917.

Men from the 2nd Pioneer Battalion constructing a wooden bridge. Construction was an important but often dangerous role for the Pioneer Battalions, supporting the infantry and the artillary when called upon.
Men from the 2nd Pioneer Battalion constructing a wooden bridge. Construction was an important but often dangerous role for the Pioneer Battalions, supporting the infantry and the artillary when called upon.

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