David BURGESS
Rank: Private
Number: 76779
Unit: 1st Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 11 October 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

David was named after his father, who is believed to have died in 1910, aged 31. He had married Susan Bird at Christ Church, Heaton Norris in the late 1890s. In the early 1920s, Susan was living at 69 Belmont Street, Heaton Norris but it is not known if this was the family home that she shared with her husband and son.

David will have been conscripted into the army when he became 18 and undertook his training with 106th Training Reserve Battalion (service number 70259). He is unlikely to have been at the front for very long before he was killed, just a month before the War ended. By this stage, the British attacks were relentless but the German Army was still very capable of stiff resistance. The attack on 11 October was at Rieux and is described in the Regimental History - recording the men "were caught heavily by the enemy barrage, while assembling for the attack. This mischance was but the beginning of a series which dogged the steps of the Battalion during the day. The enemy machine gun fire was so sustained that the Battalion was held up with heavy loss before reaching the first objective. Rieux lies in a shallow valley through which the River Ereclin flows. To advance meant to ascend and from the high ground the enemy were prepared for all such ventures....."

David became one of the 131 casualties of the day.

   
           
   
     
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