Other names: James John
Locations in this story: Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, DorsetGuy's Marsh, Shaftesbury, DorsetYeovil, SomersetCuckfield, SussexHaywards Heath, Sussex
Story: James John Burden was born in Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16 Nov 1877 the son of James John Rideout Burden and Sarah Ann Burden (nee Elliott). He lived much of his early life in Guy's Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset, until by 1911 he was boarding out in Yeovil, Somerset, where he worked as a Shoeing Smith. He had enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 170191). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Lucy Delve in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 11 Oct 1923. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 159 Western Road, Cuckfield, Sussex, working as a General Smith. His death was recorded at Haywards Heath, Sussex, on 15 Mar 1962. James's brothers, William Ernest Burden, Victor Thomas Burden and Albert Edward Burden, all served in the conflict and their names appeared on a Roll of Honour published in the St. James' Church Parish Magazine in Nov 1918.