BURN Arthur Sowerby


About Arthur Sowerby Burn

Arthur was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, around 1874. He was the second son to Isabel & John Burn, who was the manager of a spinning mill. Arthur attended Bradford Grammar school until he was 14 years old. He joined the 16th Regiment of Lancers and served with them for eight years. During this time he served in South Africa and fought in the Second Boer War. He then served with the South African Constabulary and the Natal Carbineers. Arthur then emigrated to Australia and worked  as a stockman.

Broome Connection

In 1913 Arthur was working as a shell opener aboard the luggers.

War Service

Arthur enlisted for the AIF in December 1914 and was assigned to the 10th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcements. His unit embarked from Fremantle per the Itonus on the 19th February 1915, bound for Alexandria. The unit left Alexandria for Gallipoli in May 1915, leaving their horses in Egypt and serving dismounted. The 10th Light Horse was among the units that charged at the Nek on the 7th August. It was during the fight for Hill 60 later in that month that Arthur was killed. He was reported as missing in action until a Court of Inquiry in December 1916 declared him to have been killed in action. Arthur’s remains were not found, and he is among the thousands of Australian’s that have no known grave.

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Other Online Resources

View Arthur Sowersby Burn  at the NAA
View Arthur Sowersby Burn at Bradford Grammar
View Arthur Burns at the Australian War Memorial
View Australian Red Cross Wounded & Missing Files