Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name / Enw: Burgess, Arthur
Regiment/Catrawd: 9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 83624
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Cambrai East Military Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: II. A. 45.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War & Victory Medals.
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of Wounds 6th November 1918, 5 days before the Armistice.
Arthur is on the Bangor Civic Society Website. That is where I became aware of him. There is supposed to be all Flintshire Servicemen listed there. http://www.bangorcivicsociety.org.uk/pages/arch/DSCF4389.htm
He is NOT on Hawarden War Memorial nor any other local one as far as I can see, although his wife Mary Burgess remembered him as a Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Hawarden F5) was written out for him and signed by her. It will appear that she did not put his name forward to the Vicar or any authority for his name to added to the War Memorial.
Arthur Burgess was born in Marple, Cheshire circa 1882, the 4th son of George and Mary Burgess and on the 1891 census they were living at Alma Terrace, Strines, Road, Marple, Cheshire. Head of the household was George, 51, a Block Cutter (Spin) and wife Mary, 49, was the only member of the family who had not been born in Marple, Cheshire, she had been born in Mella (sic), Derbyshire. The eldest child was Mary Jane, 26, single and a Dressmaker, Caroline May, 6 and a scholar were the 2 girls in the family, the rest were sons. They were Thomas, 22, single and a Clerk for the County Council, as was George William, 16, Charles, 11 and Arthur 9 were scholars.
The 1901 census may see Arthur living as a Boarder at Bloomsbury Terrace, Timperley, Bucklow, Altringham, Cheshire. He was now 19 and a Groom, but says that he was born in Wilmslow. So there might be a query on him, is this the right Arthur? The family he was living with was the Blinkhorn family, Samuel & Sarah and their 2 sons, Harold and Arthur. There was also a Nurse Child, Edith Lucy , SKELTON, age 2, born in London.
By 1911 Arthur had married and had a child Walter. He married Mary Davies on the 29th December 1908 in St. Deniol’s Church in Hawarden, the village Mary had been born in. Walter their son had been born on the 16th October 1909.
He is back living with his parents at Strines, Nr. Stockport, Cheshire ( 4 rooms), George Burgess, 70 and married 46 years was a Block Cutter (Printing), while wife Mary, 68 tells us that they had 6 children, one of whom had died. Arthur their son, 28 and a Railway Clerk, staes that he had been born in Strines, Cheshire. His wife Mary, 26, married 2 years and 1 child born, still living, had been born in Hawarden. Baby Walter, 1 year old had been born in Marple.
Arthur Burgess in the British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 tells us that Mary’s residence was Brookbottom Strines, Nr New Mills Derbyshire, yet on another document his residence was Hawarden.
Arthurs Attestation Papers give some information about Arthur, but the ink in parts is very faded. He Enlisted 2nd December 1915 and was Church of England. It seems that he was deprived of 3 days pay, but I cannot make out why. He was on leave from the 14th to the 28th September 1918 and he died of wounds received in Action on the 6th November 1918 at No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 about Arthur Burgess confirms the regimental information above, but does not tell us his first Theatre of War, nor when he entered it.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about Arthur Burgess tell us that his residence was Hawarden and he enlisted in Manchester.
Arthur Burgess in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that his widow that the sole Legatee was his widow, Mary BURGESS, who was paid £11 15s 11d on the 19th May 1919 which included his War Gratuity of £8.0s. 0d.