BURGESS, John Lionel

No.14525, Sergeant, John Lionel BURGESS
Aged ?

14th Reserve Cavalry Regiment
attached 4th Bn Nigerian Regiment, West African Frontier Force
Killed in Action on 5th June 1915

John Lionel Burgess was born in Bombay according to "Soldiers Died". Son of Edward Simeon and Elizabeth BURGESS (née GIBSON).

1881 census...not found in this census

1891 census...not found in this census

1901 census...(could be) Aged 20, a articled clerk to engineer, he was boarding at "Fairwiew", St.Lawrence Intra, Ramsgate, Kent with James and Elizabeth MOSS.

1911 census...not found in this census

He was the brother of William Frederic Burgess see here
The travels of this family are hard to ascertain. Their father was born in Ferozepore, Bengal in 1850 and married his mother in Kussowlie, Bengal in 1875. Curate of Pakenham in 1902, vicar in 1904 and Chairman of Parish Council between 1907 and 1918

He enlisted in Winchester when resident in Bournemouth.
The right hand medal shown is the French Croix de Guerre, for which John was gazetted on 9th December 1916.
Badge for 14th Reserve Cavalry Regiment not found, they existed only to train troops for other units. Badge shown is actually a shoulder title for 4th Nigeria Regiment
No information found regarding where John died. His name on the Pakenham memorial seems to rely on the fact that his father was the vicar at the time. It was not unusual in those days for a vicar, having a relative killed in the war, to have the name recorded on the parish war memorial.

photo CWGC

John Burgess is commemorated on the Ibadan Memorial, Nigeria

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details