Francis Cottrell Burridge

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Burridge, Corporal Francis Cottrell no.2133.

56th Battalion 4th Reinforcements MM.

Cobden Street, Belmore.

Wheelwright.

Born 1895, son of Francis C. and Julia A. Burridge.

Enlisted 17/3/1916, aged 20.

Single.

Catholic.

Next of kin, mother, Mrs Julia Ann Burridge, Cobden Street, Belmore.

Embarked from Sydney 4/9/1916 per HMAT A15 Port Stanley.

Recommended for the DCM: 56th Battalion AIF no.2133 Corporal F.C. Burridge: On 1/9/1918 during the attack on Peronne he went into action in charge of a Platoon and under heavy shell and Machine Gun fire showed great gallantry, coolness and leadership. During the attack on 2/9/1918 he again displayed the same splendid qualities, in addition bandaging numerous wounded men under heavy shell fire. He was an inspiring example to all around him. At one stage when his platoon was suffering severe casualties from enfilading Machine Gun fire he personally placed the remainder of his men in safe positions and engaged and eventually silenced the Machine Gun with his Lewis Gun, thus enabling his men to advance. I strongly recommend him for a Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Returned to Australia 2/6/1919.

Married 1925 to Edith Billinghurst.

Monument, South Belmore Public School

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R2006465/ [accessed 19/08/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.

Note

An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.

Reference

Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002