Albert Henry Burridge

Date of birth: 23 February 1899
Place of birth: Portsmouth
Regiment / Division: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Vessel: HMS Bayano
Rank / Service No: Bugler, PO/16789
Died: 11 March 1915, aged 16 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

 

Albert was the oldest of 6 siblings born to Albert John and Amelia Mary Burridge (nee Machon), who married in Portsmouth in 1898.

Albert John was a Royal Marine and was born in Exeter in 1872; he died in Southampton on 25 February 1937.

Amelia had been in a relationship prior to marrying Albert. There is nor proof that they actually married, but William Machon and Amelia had 2 children….

 

William Henry   b. 21 May 1894 Portsmouth   d. 1970 Gosport   Married Beatrice M. Diment in Gosport in 1918.

Ella Mary   b. 1895 Portsmouth   d. ??

 

Amelia was born in Portsmouth on 22 May 1873 and she passed away in Winchester on 8 June 1945.

 

Siblings

Albert Henry 

George Samuel   b. 1901 Portsmouth   d. 1992 Chichester   Married Gladys Violet White in Bromley on 23 March 1935.

Kathleen   b. 1904 Gosport   d. 1991 Southampton

Jessie   b. 1 December 1906 Gosport   d. 1997 Winchester   Married William F. Edwards in Southampton in 1931.

Phyllis Mary   b. 1910 Gosport   d. 1981 Southampton   Married Philip Leslie Gilbert in Southampton on 8 July 1933.

Dorothy Winifred   b. 31 January 1914 Gosport   d. 1981 Southampton   Married Jack Denton Lamport in Southampton on 7 February 1940.

 

The Bayano was an armed merchant cruiser, built in Glasgow in 1913. Whilst on route from Glasgow to Liverpool, she was torpedoed when 3 miles off Corsewall Point, Galloway.

The torpedo was fired from U-27, captained by Kapitanleutnant Bernd Wegener. The Bayano took only 3 minutes to sink, with 196 fatalities and only 26 surviviors.

 

Wegener is rumoured to have been shot by the British whilst on active service. On 19 August 1915, U-27 was attacked by the Q-ship Baralong….Q ships were heavily-armed merchant ships designed specifically to attract U boats to the surface, where they could easily be attacked.

After the U-27 was attacked by the Baralong, there were only 6 survivors. It was reported that ,as they attempted to clamber aboard the Baralong, they were shot in cold blood.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016
Updated:

 

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