Arthur Burgess, Private 290678, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died 14th October 1918 in Belgium, aged 33
Arthur Burgess was born in Macclesfield in 1885, the son of Sarah and Albert Burgess, a silk powerloom weaver. In 1891, five-year-old Arthur was living at 7 Lees Street, Macclesfield with his parents and sister Bertha, aged 3. By 1901 the family had moved to 1 Square Street, and included three more children: Harold (9), Ada (5) and May (3), and Arthur was employed in a print works. Ten years later the family had moved again to 1 Windmill Street and included another three children: Sydney (9), Gladys (6) and Charlie William (29). Arthur was then employed as a brickmaker.
In 1912, Arthur married Elizabeth Ann Boothby at St Peter’s Church.
The death of Private Arthur Burgess was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 1 November 1918:
PTE ARTHUR BURGESS, Ches R, has been killed in France. His wife resides at 9 Calamine Street, Macclesfield, and his parents at 31 Windmill Street. Thirty-three years of age, Pte Burgess enlisted in the Territorials shortly after the outbreak of war. He saw service in Egypt and was transferred to France a few months ago. Educated at St George’s branch school, London Road, he attended the Mill Street Mission. Prior to enlistment deceased was employed at Mr Bull’s brickyard, Windmill St.
Private Arthur Burgess is buried in grave Ref. XX. F. 5 at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Burgess, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects (Ancestry)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 1 November 1918, 23 Sept 1921 (photo supplement)