Burgess, Frank

Frank Burgess, Private T1/3697, 8th Reserve Park, Army Service Corps
Died 19th March 1917 in France, aged 24

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Mr Peter Burgess, who later lived at “Hollinbank”, Hollins Rd, Macclesfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Frank’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 31 March 1917.

FELL FROM HIS WAGON – ASC DRIVER KILLED IN FRANCE

Mr Peter Burgess, 11 Jackson St, Macclesfield, has been informed that his son, Driver Frank Burgess, of the Army Service Corps, was accidentally killed in France on March 19th. The sad tidings were contained in a letter from Captain Everard Jones, the deceased soldier’s officer: “…your son, 3697 Driver Frank Burgess, ASC … was accidentally killed whilst on duty on the 19th March by falling off his wagon. He suffered no pain and did not regain consciousness. He was buried with full military honours… was an excellent soldier… a great favourite with his comrades…”

Born in Macclesfield 24 years ago, Driver Burgess was educated at St George’s Day School… He enlisted in September 1914, being at that time employed as a carter by Messrs Gorton and Wilson. He trained three weeks at Aldershot, and seven days later was drafted to France. Driver Burgess took part in the retreat from Mons and… had several narrow escapes, and went into hospital in consequence of being kicked by a horse.

The deceased was home on furlough in February 1916 and his parents received a letter dated the day before his death in which he stated that he expected to be home on leave during the following week. He has two brothers in the Army, one of whom was recently recommended for a commission and is now attached to an officers’ cadet battalion at Kinmel Park, North Wales. The other brother, Corpl Harold, ASC, has been serving in France for the past fourteen months.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Frank Burgess is buried in grave ref. VIII. A. 183. in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. His father asked for a cross and the words “A NOBLE SACRIFICE” to be engraved on his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Burgess, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Frank Burgess is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Harold Burgess, who served as Corporal T4/041990 in the ASC; and Wilfred Burgess, who served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the East Lancs Regiment.

 

SOURCES

WWI Britain Absent Voters’ Lists (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 31 March 1917; 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


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