Wilfred Tom Burr

Surname: Burr
Other names: Wilfred Tom
Other people in this story:
Thomas Burr
Ellen Selina Burr (nee Jenkins)
Goult Lily Elizabeth
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Yeovil, Somerset
West Ham, Essex
Leyton, Essex
Woodford, Essex

Wilfred Tom Burr was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17 Jan 1894 and baptised there at Holy Trinity Church on 25 Feb 1894 the son of Thomas Burr and Ellen Selina Burr (nee Jenkins).  He spent his early life in Shaftesbury and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  He had moved to Yeovil, Somerset, by 1914 where he enlisted on 31 Aug 1914 and joined the 5th Dragoon Guards as a Private (Service 10118).  His service was short lived and he was discharged due to defective sight on 5 Oct 1914 and returned to 104 High Street, Yeovil.  It appears he managed to re-enlist and joined the Welsh Regiment (Service No. 64190) and later transferred to the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. S/368241) and served with the 573rd RFTD Company.  It is thought he served in the UK only but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He moved to West Ham in Essex where he obtained work and the 1921 Census shows him living at 235 Maybank Road, Woodford, Essex, with his 'adoptive' parents (his father died in 1906 and his mother in 1913). He was described as a Butcher's Slaughterman.  It was there he married Lily Elizabeth Goult in 1921.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 48 Brierley Road, Leyton, Essex, working as a Slaughterman (Poultry).  His death was recorded in the Essex, South Western, Registry in 1954.  


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