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Rank Reg/Ser No DOB Enlisted Discharge/Death Board
Capt 31/8/1894 - 20y1m 27/01/15 1/5/1920 5

Burrell Family                             

Burrell Brothers booklet

Ross and Moreton Burrell were the only sons of William Robert and Edith Jane Burrell née Armstrong. Their names are on the Wharf Street Congregational Church Honour Board. There were also two daughters in the family and they lived at Denelbie in Bowen Bridge Road, Windsor.

Captain Moreton Burrell 1894 - 1990             

Moreton Burrell (who was also known throughout his life as Richard Burrell) was the second son of William Robert and Edith Burrell and was born at Townsville on 31 August 1894.  He attended Brisbane Grammar School in 1909 and 1910 and was a member of the 1st Cricket Team.  On 1 December 1910 he joined the service of the Bank of New South Wales and while there joined the Moreton Regiment, C.M.F. in which he held a commission.

Enlistment and service

When the war broke out he volunteered for active service and enlisted on 26 January 1915. He embarked from Brisbane per HMAT Ascanius in June 1915 as Officer-in-Charge of the Machine Gun Section of the 26th Battalion, 2nd Division.

Before leaving for Gallipoli in September 1915 he was promoted to First Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Moreton Burrell served with credit through the latter part of the campaign on the Peninsula until the evacuation.  In connection with the latter operation, he was detailed to select sixteen volunteers to remain behind with him during the withdrawal of his brigade. Their duty was to keep up a continuous machine gun fire until the last man had embarked.  This operation was successfully accomplished but the task of withdrawing his own small section was by no means easy.  All the ammunition had been expended and each man having to be lowered one by one down the face of a cliff four hundred feet high. This difficult task was carried through without a casualty.

Later, he saw service in Egypt and went with his Division to France in 1916.  He suffered gunshot wounds to the thigh on 30 May 1916 and was admitted to Bathurst House for treatment and convalescence in England.

On 7 August 1916, Moreton Burrell married Constance Turner at Aberdeen, Scotland.

He was appointed Adjutant of the Command Depot at Westham, Weymouth and held this position till his return to France in April 1917. He was then promoted to second-in-command of the 7th Machine Gun Company and received his captaincy in June 1917.  A few months later he had command of the 7th Machine Gun Company and held that post until the Armistice. For his work during the Somme Campaign of 1918 he was mentioned in despatches by Sir Douglas Haig.

Captain Burrell, accompanied by his wife and sister-in-law returned to Australia on board Themistocles on 6 January 1920.

Post war

Moreton Burrell served with the Bank of New South Wales as Bank Manager in branches in Sydney and Launceston. His wife Constance died suddenly on 27 April 1950, survived by her husband and their two daughters, Daphne and Mollie.  Moreton Burrell married Marion Flora Harrisson in Sydney later in the year 1950.  After retirement the couple lived at Rose Bay and later Bellevue Hill.  Moreton Burrell died at Sydney on 4 February 1990, aged 95 years.

Burrell Brothers Booklet

Select Bibliography
• National Archives of Australia, World War 1 military records 
• First World War Embarkation Rolls 
Brisbane Courier, 21 Dec 1887; 15 Sept 1913; 28 Sept 1926, p 16; 29 Sept 1926, p 21; 30 Sept 1926, p 17; 2 Oct 1926, p 23; 4 Oct 1926, p 17; 7 Oct 1926, p 17. 
The Sunday Mail, 15 Jan 1950 
The Courier-Mail, 26 May 1936; 28 April 1951 
The Telegraph, 29 Sept 1926, p 14; 4 Oct 1926, p 4; 7 Oct 1926, p 4 
Daily Standard, 7 Oct 1926, p 2 The Week, 15 Oct 1926, p 28 
Sydney Morning Herald, 8 Nov 1928, p 8; 19 Aug 1929; 10 Oct 1929; 28 Apr 1950; 25 Oct 1988; 10 Feb 1990 T
The Mercury, Hobart, 5 July 1938, p 1 
• Ryerson Index on line 
•, Electoral Rolls 
Wharf Street Congregational Church Year Book, 1916, p 20 
• Archives, Brisbane Grammar School, The Golden Book 
• Queensland Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages 
• Goverment Gazette 23 March 1990, Issue 41,p 2553 
• New South Wales Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages 
• Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour 
• Australian War Memorial, Record G0000788, letter Capt M Burrell to Brig Gen HR Goddard, 7 Dec 1918 and photograph
• Brisbane City Council, Cemetery Records
• State Library of Queensland

Compiled by Noel E Adsett, Brisbane, May 2015.  

Supplementary images sourced by Miriam 2017.



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