Burgess, Oscar Henry

Oscar was the only son of James Burgess and Clara (nee Green, second wife), born on 2 January 1898 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Oscar enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery on 2 February 1916 at Hitchin.  Having served first as a Driver with the 6th and 34th Brigades he was posted to France in 1917 with the British Expeditionary Force as a Gunner.  Oscar was wounded by shrapnel on 21 March and was hospitalised in France.  He survived the War.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

His military records show that at the time of enlisting he was a bricklayer.

Oscar married Madeline Louisa Beverley at Barnet, Middlesex in 3rd quarter 1934.  They had one son, John E, born in 1936.  They lived in London until emigrating to Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in April 1947.  Oscar is listed as a bricklayer on the passenger list.  Madeline died on 26 June 1953.

Oscar then married Annie Mathilda Emmerick in Salisbury on 1 June 1957, with whom he had one child.

Oscar died in Salisbury, Rhodesia on 17 September 1966.

Oscar’s half-brother Albert was severely wounded in the head and arm during the War but it is thought he survived.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

Royston Crow 12 Apr 1918  Gunner Oscar Burgess, son of Mr & Mrs James Burgess, wounded by shrapnel, progressing.

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