St.Thomas Church East Orchard 1

Maurice Henry Burden

Surname: Burden
Other names: Maurice Henry
Other people in this story:
Frederick Stokes
Bessie Stokes nee Burden
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
France & Flanders
Verchain British Cemetery, Verchain-Maugre, Nord, France
Hartgrove, East Orchard, Dorset
Newtown, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Thomas's Church, East Orchard, Dorset
Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Story:
Maurice Henry Burden was born in 1895 Motcombe,Dorset. (NB The GRO Index shows his name as Morris but the spelling 'Maurice' was used thereafter for all purposes.) He was the son of Bessie Kate Burden, single and a General Servant. Bessie married Frederick Stokes in 1897. The family lived at Hartgrove, East Orchard, Dorset. At the time of the 1911 Census Maurice was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at Newtown, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, as a Private and joined the 1st Battalion of Prince Albert's (Somerset) Light Infantry (Service No. 50781). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 21st Oct 1918 and was buried at Verchain British War Cemetery, Verchain-Maugre, Nord, France (grave id. A.22). He is remembered on the memorial window in St. Thomas's Church, East Orchard.  

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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives