Wybert Burris (1881-1964)
At the outbreak of World War I Wybert Burris, a 33-year-old unmarried blacksmith didn’t wait long. He enlisted on 26 August 1914, and was allotted to the 9th Battery Australian Field Artillery, serving alongside many others from Tasmania.
In August 1916 he was transferred to the 14th Australian Field Artillery and was serving with the 114th Battery when he was awarded the Military Medal. His actual citation hasn’t survived, however the Commonwealth Gazette noted ‘his coolness and resource under heavy fire is worthy of special consideration’.
As an original Anzac, Wybert Burris was given six months leave in September 1918, leaving England a month later for the return journey to Australia. Wybert resumed his trade as blacksmith, and worked as a blacksmith’s striker during the 1940s. He never married, and he died in Hobart aged 84 years.