Ernest BURGESS
Rank: Private
Number: 27941
Unit: 2nd Battalion SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 27 August 1916
Age: 25
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Ernest was the second son of the family. There is some confusion about his father's first name. The War Graves Commission lists it as Edwin and his eldest son also has this name. However, the family's entry on the 1901 Census, which shows them living at 39 Newbridge Lane, records the name as Edward. Edward was then 46. His wife, Elizabeth, was 33. They had four sons - all of whom would serve during the war - Edwin (then 11), Ernest (10), Walter (6) and Albert (4). A sister was born after the census was taken.

Ernest worked as a cotton doubler at Goyt Mill in Marple until he enlisted into the army in the early part of 1916.He went overseas in July.

The South Lancashires were in action in early July in the opening days of the Battle of the Somme. Ernest probably joined the Battalion when it was training well away from the fighting area at the end of the month and early August. From 20 August, it returned to the battlefield, going into reserve positions at Aveluy Wood. On the day he was killed, the Battalion had provided men for working parties near the front line, probably carrying stores. Two other local men, Fred Beeley and Adam Pickering, who had joined around the same time as him, were also killed. All three were probably killed by shellfire.

   
           
   
     
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