Other names: Maurice Henry
Locations in this story: Sherborne Causeway, Motcombe, DorsetFrance & FlandersVerchain British Cemetery, Verchain-Maugre, Nord, FranceHartgrove, East Orchard, DorsetNewtown, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetSt. Thomas's Church, East Orchard, DorsetSturminster Newton, Dorset
Story: Maurice Henry Burden was born in 1895 on Sherborne Causeway, 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 Domestic Servant, working at Fernbrook Farm. 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.