Burgess, Frank

Frank Burgess, Able Seaman R/4423, Anson Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Killed in action 15th July 1918 in France, aged 26

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of George and Harriet Burgess, of 37 Buxton Rd, Macclesfield.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

The death of Frank Burgess was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 2 August 1918:

THE ROLL OF HONOUR – Mr and Mrs Burgess, Buxton Road, Macclesfield, have received official news that their son, Pte Frank Burgess, Royal Naval Division, was killed in action in France on July 15th. The sad intelligence was first conveyed to them in a letter from the chaplain, and the news has since been officially confirmed. Twenty-six years of age, Pte Burgess enlisted in June 1917 and for some time was employed in his trade as a butcher at a camp at Ipswich, where he was given the rank of Corporal. He was afterwards transferred to the Royal Naval Division and went in training at Blandford Camp. He was drafted out to France in May this year. In civil life Pte Burgess assisted his father in his business as a butcher. He attended Fence Sunday School and worshipped at Sunderland Street Chapel.

 

COMMEMORATION

Able Seaman Frank Burgess is buried at Mailly Wood Cemetery, France, in grave ref. II. O. 14. His mother asked for the inscription “WITH SWEETEST MEMORIES GONE BUT ALWAYS REMEMBERED” to be added to his headstone.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Able Seaman Frank Burgess, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Able Seaman Frank Burgess is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, Beech Lane Wesleyan Church and Fence Sunday School war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 2 August 1918

 


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