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John Irving Burke

  • Service number
    2354 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Jack Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
    • to the Middle East Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Last rank
  • War
Taken at the time of enlistment in the NZ Army, 14 Sep 1939.

John Irving Burke, 1920-2007

Image may be subject to copyright restrictions. alison.hollis@xtra.co.nz

Identity

  • Title
    Sapper Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Forenames
    John Irving AWMM
  • Surname
    Burke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Service number
    2354 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    24 July 1920 Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Registration of Birth
  • Place of birth
    Timaru
    Canterbury
    New Zealand Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Registration of Birth
  • Birth notes
    Birth year in Attestation document states 1918, however Registration of Birth states his birth year Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - as 1920.
    Registration of Birth
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 21 Kent Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Small leathergoods manufacturer Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Family papers
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss Irene Burke (sister), Crown Studio Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Middle East Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
    • to the Middle East Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Service number
    2354 AWMM
  • Military service
    • No 2 Section, 6th Field Company, NZ Div. Engineers, 1st Echelon Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
    • 1939-1943 Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1939-45 Star
    Africa Star
    War Medal 1939-45
    NZ War Service Medal Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    HopuHopu, Ngaruawahia Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Hosiery Machinist/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    21yrs 90days Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Received trauma to an eye at El Alemein as the result of a bomb explosion - the eye was removed. Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel File

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Sapper Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Discharge papers
    Military Personnel File

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Height 5ft 9inches
    Blue eyes
    Dark hair and complexion
    Served 171 days in NZ
    Served 2yrs 286 overseas
    Medically discharged from the Army on 21 October 1943 Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Certificate of Discharge,
    Military Personnel File

Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    8 December 2007 Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Registration of Death
  • Age at death
    87 Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Registration of Death
  • Place of death
    Elderslea Lodge
    Upper Hutt
    Wellington
    New Zealand Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Registration of Death
  • Cause of death
    Circulation & Respiratory Failure, minutes Public - Alison - Child - 21 April 2015 - Registration of Death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

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  • I have always known Uncle Jack as a positive and happy man, gentle and easygoing and without presumption. He never seemed to expect anything of others yet always happy to give. I valued his constant gentle and caring nature and his light and easy sense of humour.
    Public - Susan - Other Relative - 26 April 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    WW2 1: WW2 29 AWMM

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26 April 2015SusanWhangamata New ZealandOther Relative
21 April 2015AlisonWellington, New ZealandChild
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