Frederick Charles Burt

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Reading
Service No.: 10650
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th (Service)
Died: 23rd August 1915 aged 21 years
Death location: Insert data

 

Life before the War
Frederick was the youngest of 9 siblings born to Thomas and Louisa, nee Baker.

Thomas was born in 1853 in Bristol, Louisa born in the same year in Southampton.  Thomas was a Gardener who was working at Midanbury House at the time of the 1871 Census. They married in Southampton in 1874, but didn’t stay long (although they did return).

There’s no obvious reason why the family moved around the south of England as they did but, presumably, it must have had something to do with Thomas’ work.

At the time of Frederick’s death the family were living at Woodlands Cottage, Crescent Road, Bassett.

Frederick’s 8 older siblings were:

Arthur John    b.1875 Hoddesden and  d.1963 Southampton.

George    b.1877 Hammersmith and d.1962 Winchester.  Married Frances Jane Fry in Southampton in 1901.  They had 4 children.

Emily    b.1879 Hammersmith and d. 1955 Southampton.  A domestic cook who was much travelled as she appeared in Somerset and Reading at various census.

Alice Mary    b.1881 Hackney and d.1961 Portsmouth.  Married John Frederick Parker in Southampton in 1906.

Katherine Jane    b.1883 Edmonton and d.1953 Wandsworth.

Helena    b.1885 Reading, date of death not know.   Married Henry M. Taylor in Southampton in 1912.

Ernest Albert    b.1887 Reading and d.1952 Southampton.

Robert    b.1890 Reading and d.1954 Eton.

Before enlisting Frederick was listed as a Warehouseman at the 1911 Cenus.

War Service
The Hampshire 10th Battalion became part of the 29th Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division in March 1915.  They embarked at Liverpool on 7th July bound for Gallipoli via Mudros in Greece, which was a major Allied “camp”.  The division landed at Gallipoli on 6th August and engaged in actions at Sari Bair and Hill 60.

The Battle of Sari Bair Ridge was the final attempt by the British to seize control of the Gallipoli peninsula from the Ottoman Empire.  This battle, as well as the actions at Suvla Bay and Anzac Bay, failed to give the British the required advantage.  As a result, the front lines remained static for the remainder of the campaign.

Frederick almost certainly lost his life after a localised action in the area, just days before the British retreated from the peninsula.

He is buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Plot III  Row H  Grave 125.  This cemetery holds 885 Commonwealth graves.

Frederick’s headstone reads   ”Until the day breaks “

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 1st December 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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