John Henry Burbage

Text and Research by Tatsfield History Project

Born in Winchester in 1896, Pte Burbage was the son of John & Georgina Burbage (née Mitchell) of The Limes, Maesmaur Road, Tatsfield. He enlisted at Redhill and served as a Private in the 7th (Queens Own) Hussars (service number 49107).

He was killed in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) on 28 October 1918, and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq Panel 1.

The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known. The memorial was designed by Edward Warren and unveiled by Sir Gilbert Clayton on the 27th March 1929.

Until 1997 the Basra Memorial was located about 8 kilometres north of Basra, but because of the sensitivity of the site, it was moved by presidential decree to a position 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah, in the middle of what was a major battleground during the first Gulf War.

His name appears on the memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Tatsfield.

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