4 September 1916 Pte Edgar William Burn was killed in action on this day

8551 Private Edgar Burn, 59th Company, Machine Gun Corps

Son Roger and Georgina Burn, of Dodd's Lane, Alnwick, born in 1895 in Eglingham, Northumberland. After school, he became a watchmaker and apprentice dealer with T.M. Wilcox of Market Place, Alnwick. He had two younger brothers, Herbert and John.

Edgar enlisted in Newcastle on Tyne. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, and was trained at Rothbury and other places.

He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and training at Grantham.

He went to France in February 1915.

He was killed 4 September 1916. He was 22.

Second Lieutenant Cornish wrote to Edgar's mother after his death saying:

"It is my sad and painful duty to inform you that your son private Burn, of the Machine Gun Corps, late Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on 3 September. I am sorry I have been so long in writing to you, but is section officer was killed the same day, so we were unable to trace the address of any of his relatives. We all very keenly feel his loss, and especially myself, because he and I both came from the Northumberlands. All join in offering our deepest sympathy to you in your great loss."

Edgar Burn's body was never found. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.


4 September 1916 killed in action.




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