Burke, William H.

Personal details
Name on Memorial: 
Burke, W. H.
William H.
Date of Death: 
Thursday, December 7, 1916
Age at Death: 
Addresses before and during the war

54 Balmoral Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne (place of residence 1901 Census)

72 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne (place of residence 1911 Census)

Place of Burial or Battle Site Memorial

William is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, close to the site of the battle of the Somme.

Other Memorials: 

There is a family grave in Heaton Cemetery, which includes the inscription "Here lies the remains of William H. Burke, B.A., beloved only son of W and F Burke, who died Dec 7th 1916 aged 21 years, from wounds received in France". However his name also appears on the Thiepval Memorial which would not normally include the names of those who returned to England injured. Remains of the dead were not repatriated after 1915, so it is unlikely that William died on the battlefield but that his body was returned to his family. It is therefore unclear whether William did in fact return home injured and later died, or whether his family perhaps meant something else to signify his remains (personal effects etc) when they engraved the words on the memorial.

William is also commemorated in the Memorial Book for the Royal Grammar School Jesmond, where he was a student.

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