LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Alexander BURNS

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Rosewood QLD, March 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 16 August 1915
Unit: 59th Reserve Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
Died: Aircraft Accident, Gosport, 20 April 1917, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Gosport (Ann’s Hill) Cemetery, Hampshire
CWGC Additional Information: Born at Rosewood, Queensland. Son of James Kerr Burns and Helen Burns, of Hazeldean, Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, Queensland
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 20 October 1916, Lieutenant Burns was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in the field.

On 20 April 1917, Lieutenant Burns was killed when DH1a aircraft A1625 crashed in a spinning nose-dive.  He was practicing stalls at the time.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, BURNS A
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Card, 266670

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