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Pvt Alfred James Burt

Pvt Alfred James Burt

Birth
Bristol, England
Death 8 Aug 1915 (aged 38–39)
Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey
Burial Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey
Plot Final resting place unknown. Name listed on Panel 102.
Memorial ID 56005683 · View Source
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Alfred James Burt was born in 1876 in Bristol, England to Jabez and Mary (nee Pollard) Burt.

Alfred was a husband and father. Alfred married Emily Jane (nee Pollard) on 16 October 1897.
He had two sons (Alfred and Edward) and two daughters (Gladys and Agnes).

His four children, two daughters and two sons, were born between 1902 and 1911. On the day war broke out in 1914, Alfred was living with his family at 11 Albert Place, Victoria Road in Bristol.

He was working on the docks in Bristol as a dock labourer according to the 1911 census. Unfortunately his military records were destroyed so there is no record on exactly when Alfred enlisted for duty but he served in World War I.

Though purely speculation, he likely joined up early as the wave of patriotism swept across England much like his nephews and brother. What is known for certain is that he served with the Gloucestershire Regiment 7th (Service) Battalion and saw action in Gallipoli, Turkey in August, 1915.

On 7 August 1915 the Gloucestershire Regiment 7th (Service) Battalion went into battle almost 1,000 strong. By the end of the day they had suffered 350 casualties and by the end of the day on 8 August only 181 emerged from it completely unscathed, the rest being either killed or wounded.

The Battle of Chunuk Bair, the largest and most destructive fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula, closed on the evening of 10 August with a British withdrawal and over 6,500 casualties of the 20,000 soldiers involved. Private Alfred James Burt, age 39, of Bristol was killed in action on 8 August 1915.

It is impossible to know the exact circumstances of Alfred’s death as there were very few soldiers of the 7th Gloucestershire Regiment alive at the end of the battle to report what happened and the regimental war diary doesn’t specify how each soldier died. The regiment suffered heavy casualties throughout the day but losses were heaviest during the assault that captured Chunuk Bair and during the fierce Turkish counter-attacks throughout the day that resulted in many Allied deaths and hasty burials so it’s likely he died then.

Gravesite Details Enlistment Location: Bristol Rank: Private Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment Battalion: 7th (Service) Battalion Number: 10496, Age: 39

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  • Maintained by: The Shadow
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56005683
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Alfred James Burt (1876–8 Aug 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56005683, citing Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey ; Maintained by The Shadow (contributor 47588844) .