Tom Burkitt (1893-1915)

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Tom Burkitt

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BURKITT, TOM. Lance Corporal. No 2594. No 9 Platoon, 'C' Company, 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Knutsford, Cheshire, 19.3.1893. Son of Mrs Adah Burkitt, 56 Northgate, Almondbury. Educated at Almondbury Church of England School. Employed as a tailor's fettler at Messrs Bairstow's clothing factory, Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield. Single. Had served four years with the local Territorials. Although his mother was a widow, he said that as a trained man he could not stand aside and he must go along with his elder brother, who was in the Ambulance Section of the same Regiment. Enlisted 12.8.1914. Embarked for France April, 1915. Killed in action near Bois Grenier, 25.6.1915, aged 22 years. Buried RUE DAVID MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row B, Grave 8.
His mother received the following letter from Lieutenant J. M. Haigh, of 'C' Company, 'I regret to have to inform you that your son, Lance Corporal T. Burkitt, was killed last night. He died doing his duty as a soldier and a man. A bullet struck him in the back. He was taken to hospital but died very soon afterwards. The funeral took place at 11am today. There are some things which are difficult to say but your son deserves the highest tribute and praise. I have never met a braver man, nor one in whose character there was more to admire. It is a noble thing that he has done. Please accept our deepest sympathy with you in your great loss.'
ROH:- Huddersfield Drill Hall; Almondbury War Memorial.

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