Alan Burbury enlisted in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment in August 1914, at the age of 20. He listed his occupation as farmer. His father, Arthur, who had grown up and farmed at Fonthill near Oatlands, was manager of Charlton at Ross at the time.
Alan served in the Gallipoli and Palestine campaigns. He was wounded at the Battle of Rafa in January 1917, the battle that recaptured the Sinai Peninsula.
He suffered a gunshot wound to the spine and was reported as dangerously ill. Alan was to spend the next two yer in hospital in London, paralysed from the waist down, suffering from haemothorax, sever abdominal pain, fevers and bed sores.
He finally succumbed to his wounds, dying of sepsis of the spine in May 1919. He was accorded a full military funeral and buried at Greenwich cemetery. His cousin Muriel, who served as a nurse in the war, was able to attend.
Alan’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.