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William Burgess was the son of William Henry and Eliza Davies Burgess, of School House, Dunkirk. In the 1911 census his father was headmaster and his mother was assistant schoolmistress; William was 15 and still at school. His father was also organist and choirmaster at Dunkirk Church.
William was educated at Simon Langton School, and on leaving became a pupil teacher at Dunkirk School. He was killed, leading his Company into action, after being at the Front for barely a month. The Dunkirk School Diary records that on June 26 1916:
“Mrs Burgess was absent in the afternoon. She went to Folkestone to see her son Lt WV Burgess off to the Front”
Photos - Owen & CWGC
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1911 England census database
University of London Roll of the fallen
Simon Langton School records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Dunkirk Parish Magazine