Francis Henry Burdett was born in Bisbrooke in February 1897, the son of Francis and Caroline Burdett. He had an older sister Rose and a younger brother John Thomas, and two other sisters who died in childhood. They lived at 44, The Lane in Bisbrooke, close to the Hall. By 1911, aged 17, Francis was working as a laboratory assistant at Uppingham School. He later became an agricultural implement fitter. He enlisted on 16 September 1914 with the 8th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, aged 20 years and 7 months. He was posted abroad on 24 September 1915 and killed in action a few weeks later on 15 October 1915 during the Battle of Loos. He is buried in Berles-Au-Bois Churchyard Extension, France, grave S.10, and is remembered on the war memorial in Bisbrooke church. He is also remembered on his father's headstone in the churchyard. It says "Also of Francis Henry, the beloved son of Francis and Caroline Burdett who was killed in action on Onctober 15, 1915 aged 21 years. Buried in France." The headstone is beside the pathway on the way into the church in the Burdett family plot. His mother Caroline lies beside her husband there.
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