Private Sidney Alfred Burgess

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

12 Oct 1916

Service Number


Place of Birth

Woodside, Nr Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

23 Buxton Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location


War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier
Pte Sidney Burgess


Pte Sidney Alfred Burgess, 3/7212, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on October 12th, 1916. He was aged 22.

In a letter to Mrs Burgess at 23 Buxton Road, Luton, Cpl C. Smith wrote that he was fighting near to Sidney, who had suffered no pain as his death was instantaneous. He died from a bullet that hit him near the heart.

Born at Woodside, Sidney was the third eldest son among ten children born to Alfred and Emily Burgess. Prior to enlistment he worked for hat manufacturers Messrs J. C. Kershaw. He joined up at the outbreak of hostilities and had been to the Front three times, having been wounded once, had brain fever and suffered problems with his legs and feet, besides having had three operations to his head.

At the time of the 1911 Census Sidney and most of his family were living at 7 Adelaide Street, Luton. Sidney was then a 17-year-old errand boy.


Individual Location

Pte Sidney Burgess

Author: Deejaya

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