Harry Burgess 1885 – 1915


Notts & Derby Regimental Badge
Notts & Derby Regimental Badge
Lance Corporal Harry Burgess Ypres Menin Gate
Lance Corporal Harry Burgess Memorial @ Ypres Menin Gate


Brother of Arthur Burgess (Deceased WW1).

1884: born: 29th August 1884 Hough/Wilmslow Cheshire.
1891 Census: Living @ 10 Onward Cottages, Fairfield aged 7yrs.

In 1901 William was living @ 20 Onward Cottages Fairfield before joining the Manchester Regiment in 1904
In 1891 Harry was living @ 10 Onward Cottages Fairfield

1893: Harry started North Road School 24th April 1893

1896: Harry left North Road School 19th March 1896. Harry had an older brother George (1883) and younger brothers Arthur, Walter (1888), Charles (1890) & Sidney (1895), just before the birth of Sydney the family moved to Marlow Farm. The year after Harry left school his Mother Sarah died, Harry was 13yrs old, his brother Sydney was only 2yrs old.

1901 Census: Living @ Marlow Farm, Fairfield aged 16yrs.Occupation: Grocers Errand Boy.

1901 Census Harry Burgess
1901 Census Harry Burgess @ Marlow Farm

1904: 19th February Enlisted into Notts & Derby Regiment at Sheffield Service No. Pte.9175. During this time Harry served in Singapore  from 1905 until 1907 when on 18th February 1907 Harry transferred to Reserves.
1911 Census: Living and working at County Asylum Prestwich. Occupation: Day Attendant in Asylum.

1911 Census
1911 Census

1912: Married Hannah Ashmore in Burbage 19th February.1914:

1914:  In September Harry was re-called from the reserves at Derby, initially to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion.  Harry arrived in France on the 10th October 1914, having been posted back to his 2nd Battalion.
1915: Promoted to Lance Corporal, the Buxton Memorial lists Harry’s rank as ‘Private’, but his Service Papers show that on the 7th April 1915 he was initially promoted to an Un-paid Lance Cpl which  became paid on the 20th May 1915. His name on the Memorial @ Ypres Menin Gate correctly gives his rank as Lance Corporal.

Charles Burgess younger brother of both Arthur & Harry also served during WW1, Charles had served before WW1 with the Notts & derby regiment Pte 897, he then re-enlisted into the Territorials  on 28th May 1913 Pte 1946, he was wounded on 18th March 1917 but survived the war and was then living in Leicestershire with his wife Margaret & son Charles Sidney.


Attestation Papers WW1
Attestation Papers WW1

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