PRIVATE HENRY BURT

Died 15th February 1917
No. 23071 of the Bedfordshire Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Born: Woburn Sands, 11th January 1897
Resided: Woburn Sands
Enlisted: 9th November, 1915 at Ampthill

[See Frederick Burt for family history.]

Henry was one of twins, (the other James Burt) who both lost their lives in the War. The 4th Bedfordshire Regiment was an Extra Reserve Battalion which stayed in the Felixstow area until going to France in July 1916, after the disaster on the Somme in July, 1916. They served as part of the 190th Brigade, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.

Henry went overseas with them, as did Harrold Page. He was wounded during the assault near Miramount, Ancre Val ley , between 11th and 14th February, 1917, one of almost 250 injuries to the battalion.

Henry died of the wounds he received, aged 20, and was buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He is listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. His army service papers have not survived.

Henry, in his uniform, probably before leaving for France

A Memorial Plaque was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British & Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war.

His Army Medal Card


Some details kindly provided by Steve Fuller, "The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War", at www.bedfordregiment.org.uk