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 William Ethelbert “Billy” Burke

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William Ethelbert “Billy” Burke

Birth
Waterford, Knox County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 Oct 1906 (aged 62)
Huddersfield, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England
Burial Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Plot WC / 738
Memorial ID 150014882 View Source
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After seeing action in the American Civil War, Burke began a forty-year career as a clown and minstrel singer. He worked for several troupes, and by 1882 was traveling with Barnum and Bailey's circus.

Burke grandly billed himself as "America's Greatest Clown," and after moving his family to Europe, produced a show called Billy Burke's Barnum & Great London Circus Songsters.

He continued to perform until his death at age 62 in the Infirmary at Huddersfield.


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  • Created by: Scott G
  • Added: 30 Jul 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 150014882
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/150014882/william-ethelbert-burke : accessed ), memorial page for William Ethelbert “Billy” Burke (23 Oct 1843–5 Oct 1906), Find a Grave Memorial ID 150014882, citing Hampstead Cemetery, Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Scott G (contributor 453) .