Bernard Prendergast Burroughs

Date of birth: 10th September 1888
Place of birth: Salford Barracks
Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant
Died: 16th March 1917, aged 28 years
Buried: St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France (Officers, Plot B, Row 4, Grave 5)


Bernard was the third known of 12 siblings born to Charles and Margaret Mary Burroughs (nee Prendergast), who married in co. Cork on 31 January 1882.

The 1911 Census shows a total of 12 children born to the couple, but 3 must have passed away early…only 10 siblings are known.


Charles was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and he was born in Oswestry on the 29 April 1855; he died in Bournemouth on 9 May 1936.

Margaret was born in Cork on 25 January 1865 and she passed away in Southampton on 23 June 1921.

The family lived at Pelham Lodge, Shirley Road when residing in Southampton.



Roger Charles   b. 1883 Ireland   d. 1900 South Africa. Roger died during the Boer War, where he was a Trooper in the Imperial Yeomanry. This regiment was created by Royal Warrant on 24 December 1899 as a volunteer-based cavalry unit.

Many mid-upper class British citizens volunteered and the first contingent of troops arrived in S. Africa between February & April 1900.


Kathleen Sarah   b. 8 January 1886 Kent   d. 1970 Colchester

Bernard Prendergast 

Sydney Gilbert   b. 4 September 1891 Belfast   d. 22 December 1941 Hong Kong Married Doris Lena Jones in Salisbury on 6 September 1921. Sydney was a Captain in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. On the same day (8 December 1941) that they attacked Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong.

Against far superior forces numerically, the British held out until the 20 December.

On that day the British only held the west of the island, with the Japanese in charge of the island’s reservoirs.

By 25 December, the Governor surrendered the island to the Japanese.


William Edgar   b. 11 January 1894 Curragh Base   d. 1962 Southampton

Margaret Mary   b. 5 December 1896 Curragh Base   d. ?? Married Louis Saxby Common in Bournemouth in 1937. The couple are known to have left London on 22 October 1959 bound for Peru, where they intended to settle. It is not known what happened there, but Louis is known to have died in Alicante in 1984.


Charles Horace St. John   b. 1899 Curragh Base   d. 1 March 1986 Warrington   Married Evelyn Mary Silk in Warrington in 1922.

Victoria Charlotte   b. 1901 Curragh Base   d. 1968 Bournemouth

Roger Cyril   b. 4 August 1903 Curragh Base   d. 15 January 1974 Christchurch   Married Marjorie A. Hartley in Bournemouth in 1927.

Norah Ena   b. 1907 Curragh Base   d. ??   Married Frank Edward Bull in Holborn in 1946. Married Thomas E. Camp in Camberwell 1956.


The 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers were in India at the outbreak of WW1. They landed at Plymouth on 21 December 1914 but then sailed for Gallipoli on 16 March 1915.

Heavy casualties saw the unit merged with the 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers, known as the “Dubsters.”

The regiment landed at Marseilles on 13 March 1916 and were despatched straight to the Western Front.

Bernard probably perished in actions against the retreating Germans in March 1917, just prior to the Arras offensive.


The southern outskirts of Rouen had many Commonwealth camps and hospitals throughout WW1.

The cemetery was used to bury the dead from these hospitals and it became necessary to begin an extension in September 1916.

The cemetery contains 3082 Commonwealth burials from WW1.


Bernard’s headstone reads: “Eternal rest grant him, O Lord.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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