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Three Months on the Town

Artemus Burris (1884-1971)

Artemus was the sixth child born to John Burris and Sarah (nee Squires). He had already served over four years with the Australia Field Artillery before the war, and was discharged at his own request to move to Victoria. Artemus and his wife Ethel lived at Mount Waverley, and he worked as an upholsterer.
With World War I underway, Artemus re-enlisted in 1916 and allotted to the 29th Battalion. In June 1918 he was hospitalised with neuritis, and was evacuated to Kitchener Military Hospital in England. Neuritis is a serious condition that affects nerves in the feet and legs. Soon after he was invalided back to Australia for discharge.

Informal group portrait of convalescing soldiers sitting on the grass outside their ward at a Military Hospital in England.
Informal group portrait of convalescing soldiers sitting on the grass outside their ward at a Military Hospital in England.

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