BURNS, David
(Service number 12125)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 2 April 1882 Place of Birth Tasmania, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Robert BURNS (brother), Tasmania, Australia. Also Thomas BURNETT (friend), Fairlie, South Canterbury (Mr Alex BELL, friend, Pleasant Point, Timaru - crossed out).
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 3rd Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 6 May 1916
Transport Mokoia or Navua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

South Canterbury’s quota of the 12th Reinforcements, which included D. Burns, Fairlie, left Timaru for Trentham by the second express north on 12 January 1916. The troops were farewelled in the Drill Shed at 3 pm, the public being admitted but not allowed to mix with the men. After his Worship the Mayor, the Rev. Dean Tubman, and Mr J. Craigie, M.P., addressed the troops, they processed to the station, headed by the 2nd (South Canterbury) Regimental Band, and acknowledged by a guard of honour formed by the cadets.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database [24 September 2019; Timaru Herald, 11 January 1916 (Papers Past) [09 August 2014]

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