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Full Name: John Davis Burns
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): John Davis
Surname: Burns
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 13167
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs Annie Georgina Burns (mother), Renwicktown, Blenheim, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Renwicktown, Blenheim, New Zealand
Military District: Blenheim
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 26 Canto Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 66
Campaigns: Crete
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 25 May 1941
Age at Death: 22
Year of Death: 1941
Cemetery Name: Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference: 6. D. 1.
Biographical Notes: Son of George Penman Burns and Annie Georgina Burns, of Renwicktown, Marlborough
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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