Their Duty Done
A tribute to the men and women of the East Gippsland Region who Died as a result of their participation in World War One : 1914 - 1919
Their bodies are buried in peace; but their names liveth for evermore.
210 Private William George Burt – Johnsonville Killed in Action 25 April 1915 ….. from chauffeur to soldier William Burt was the second son of Edward and Alice Burt who settled at Swan Reach in the late 1880s, and he grew up in Johnsonville area. In late 1914, when he was 22 and earning an income as a chauffeur, William, like many others, joined up and sailed from Melbourne on 19 October in the Hororata with McPhee, Brookes, Lane and others. He was in A company of the 7th Battalion and when he failed to report for roll call on 26 April he was reported missing. He was held in high regard by the local Johnsonville community. He was not the only member of the family to fall during the conflict. His younger brother Frederick was killed in action in September 1918; his older brother Edward and younger brother Jack also served and returned home. William has no known grave and is remembered at the Lone Pine memorial.