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Three Months on the Town

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.

AIF Originals - the Tasmanian Quota of the First Australian Division, A.I.F., sailed on October 20th, 1914, in the transports Geelong and Katuna.  Photograph taken for the Eighteenth Reunion, held at Hobart on 23 October 1942.  Wybert Burris, front row, second from the right.
AIF Originals - the Tasmanian Quota of the First Australian Division, A.I.F., sailed on October 20th, 1914, in the transports Geelong and Katuna. Photograph taken for the Eighteenth Reunion, held at Hobart on 23 October 1942. Wybert Burris, front row, second from the right.

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