15972 Pte George William BURGESS 8th West Riding Regiment.
Killed in Action 29th September 1916
George was born at Ecclesfield, Yorkshire on the 19th January 1897. His father George Henry BURGESS and his mother Mary Ellen BURGESS. He had one brother Arthur Clifford BURGESS. Family address and place of residence for George being 138 The Common, Ecclesfield.
At the age of 18 years, a miner, George enlisted into the Army on the 11th February 1915 at Attercliffe near Sheffield. He was initially inducted into the ranks of the 3rd reserve battalion the York and Lancaster Regiment and given service number 3/18775.
On the 10th March 1915 he transferred to the 3rd battalion the West Riding Regiment and subsequently transferred again to the 8th battalion.
George served in the Mediterranean disembarking ship on 7th March 1916. On the 2nd July 1916 he set sail from Alexandria and landed at Marseilles on 3rd July 1916.
In September 1916 the 8th battalion are having a quiet time moving between billets and trenches with nothing of significance recorded in the war diaries but it is during the night of the 29th and 30th September that George is reported as killed.
George is remembered on the St Mary’s Parish Church memorial, Church Street, Ecclesfield.