WWI BWM. Burns. Gordon Highlanders. Barry/Cardiff, Glamorgan.


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Correctly named 3/7036 Pte M Burns Gordons.

Matthew was born in 1863 in Barry, South Wales. He served with the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders and went overseas with them and landed at Zeebrugge on the 19th of October 1914 earning himself a 1914 Star Trio.

The 2nd Bn Gordons were in Cairo in August 1914 and were recalled to the UK and arrived on the 1st of October 1914.

With the 2nd Bn, Matthew would have seen ac service at The First Battle of Ypres,Dec 1914. This Battalion took part in the Christmas Truce of 1914.
During 1915, the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers, The Battle of Festubert, The second action of Givenchy, The Battle of Loos.

Matthew served from 12/9/1914 until 31/07/1915 when he was discharged as no longer physically fit for service due to chronic rheumatism.

His Index Card show his address as 25 Travis St, Barry, Glamorgan. It also tells us he moved overseas to Australia. Checking through census and voter lists we know he is in Barry until at least 1926.

We do find a Matthew Burns arriving at Freemantle Australia aboard the SS Balranald in November 1932 but that would put him around 69.

Medal comes with a long length of original silk ribbon.

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