Private Arthur Shaw Burgess


Private Arthur Shaw Burgess,

Labour Corps,

Formerly Private 13679, 10th Cheshire Regiment,

Died 2ndNovember 1918

Age 22





He died of influenza in England only a few days before the Armistice.  He was the son of William and Elizabeth Burgess of Maldwyn Cottage, Beach Grove, Chester Road, Hartford.  He is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in St Mary’s Churchyard, Weaverham. (2471)

He is commemorated  on Weaverham War Memorial and also on the Brunner Mond War Memorial at Winnington.


The following are transcripts from the “Northwich Guardian”


Private Arthur S. Burgess

On Friday morning Mr and Mrs William Burgess of something we then received a telegram stating that their son Arthur S Burgess of the H.W.V.  was seriously ill in hospital at Harwich. They immediately went to see him and found him delirious, but on Tuesday when they returned his condition was slightly improved.

Private Burgess who enlisted in 1914 has served 11 months at the front. He was brought over to England two years ago suffering from trench fever and after four months in hospital was placed on a farm on farm work. He contracted influenza three weeks ago and pneumonia supervened. He was formally employed at the Creamery, Cuddington. Another brother is on active service with the Navy.

The above was followed by this article


The late Private A. S. Burgess.

Striking tributes of respect to the memory of the late Private A. S. Burgess of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, were paid by the residents of Weaverham at the funeral.

He had died in hospital as reported in a previous issue of the “Guardian” and the body was brought home for interment. The cortege was headed by a firing party of the Northwich Volunteers, in charge of Sergeant A. Birtwisle and Captain J. Arthur Cowley of the Volunteer Motor Transport, and hon. secretary of the Sailors and Soldiers Families Association, was also present. The mourners were Mr William Burgess (father), Mrs Edith and Joyce Burgess (sisters), Master Frank Burgess (brother), Mr and Mrs G. Burgess (uncle and aunt), Mrs Chadwick (aunt), Mrs R. Jones (aunt), Mr and Mrs J. Phillips (uncle and aunt), Mr William Thomas (uncle), Mrs Wynne Jones (aunt), Mrs Fred Shaw, Mr and Mrs Eyre, Mrs Lightburn, Master Alford Chadwick, Miss Amy Burgess, Miss Edith Jones (cousins), “Auntie Rose”, Mrs G. Heath and Miss Doris Heath (Winsford), Mr H Percival Mr A Robinson (friends). The Vicar( the Rev. Francis Long) officiated, and the firing party fired three volleys over the grave, after which Bugler Burgess sounded the last post.

Floral tributes were sent by father mother brothers and sisters, “Uncle and Aunt and family” (Northwich,) “Uncle and Aunt” (Weaverham,) “Uncle and Aunt and Alfred” (Barnton,). “Auntie Rose, Ethel, Fred and Brenda” “Cousins Kate and Peter”, Mr and Mrs Percival and family, Mr and Mrs Whitley and family, Mr and Mrs G. Heath and family, Mrs Clarke and “Larry”, Mr and Mrs J. Sayle, and Mr and Mrs A. Ellison.

Private Burgess who was 22 years of age joined the colours in on September 3, 1914 and in listed in the Cheshire Regiment. His death was due to pneumonia following an attack of influenza. The family have received numerous letters of …  [condolence].

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