Thomas William Burdett

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Service number:
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Date of birth:
06 October 1897
Date of death:
15 March 1915
Age at Death:
BURDETT Thomas William

Known information

Thomas William Burdett was one of the youngest Rutland soldiers to die, but from illness not in battle. A private with the Royal Marine Light Infantry, he was born at Stamford on 6 October 1897, the son of Herbert William and Clara Burdett of Wing. He enlisted on 13 November 1914, when he was just 17 years and 1 month old. Within five months he was dead, after contracting spotted fever before he had a chance to serve abroad. He apparently had recovered from the first attack but then had a relapse and died in the Royal Marine Infirmary, Deal, on 15 March 1915. He was buried in Deal Cemetery with full Military Honours and now lies next to two other 17 year olds who died around the same time. His grave is underneath a tree, surrounded by a family memorial with an inscription suggesting his parents had moved to Lyndon. But he is remembered on Wing's war memorial, as well as the one in Langham. Before enlisting, Thomas worked for the Midland Railway Company at Wymondham, Leicestershire, so may have been lodging in Langham at the time.

To find his grave, start at the board with the cemetery map and take the right hand path (Memorial Avenue) and then the first left (Hibiscus Path) and you'll see the headstone beneath a tree. The poppy symbol on the map marks the grave. Also see below.

Photograph of Thomas courtesy Langham Village History Group

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  • Wing Church
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  • Wing Memorial
  • Langham Church
  • Langham war Memorial
  • Langham RR A-C
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Thomas' grave is with a small group of CWGC graves in the cemetery. Around Thomas' is a kerb stone which is difficult to read but we were able to pick out 'Lyndon, Oakham'. It seems possible then that his family put this grave here and the CWGC stone may have been added later. The grave is also under a tree which well may have been planted at the time of his burial, perhaps again by his family as it is directly at the head of his grave.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 12:29pm
Visited on August 12th 2014.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 12:33pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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