BURROWS, William Charles

Display Number:  1403  
Name:  Burrows  William Charles 
Rank:  Leading Stoker Service Number:  K5582
Date Joined:   Date Discharged:  18th March 1915 (Dead)

William Burrows served in the Royal Navy and during the First World War lost his life while serving on the battleship HMS Irresistable which was sunk by a torpedo on 18th March 1915, when the allied forces tried to force the entrance of the Dardanelles as part of the campaign against the Turks. His mother Emily Burrows became affectionately known as the "Mother of the Navy". 


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • 1914-15 Star - Awarded to servicemen and servicewomen who served between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 in any "theatre of war", provided they had not qualified for the 1914 Star. Those eligible for the medal must have 'served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war' during the relevant dates of operations in that area. This included service in Gallipoli (25 April 1915 - 31 December 1915), Egypt (5 November 1914 - 31 December 1915) and service during the capture of German Samoa on 29 August 1914.
  • British War Medal - Recognises the successful conclusion of the First World War. Its coverage was later extended to recognise service until 1920, recognising mine clearing operations at sea, and participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea and the Caspian.
  • Victory Medal - Was issued to all those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most persons who had already qualified for the British War Medal. It was awarded to all New Zealand troops serving overseas, except for those who arrived in Samoa after 30 August 1914 and those serving in Great Britain only. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Allied War Medal", because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by 13 other allied nations.