He enlisted in Watford in 1916 as Private 6877 with the Hertfordshire Regiment and after a period of training was drafted to France in August. He took a prominent part in the severe fighting on the Somme, where he was killed in action on 13 November 1916, aged 28.
His pension record shows two children, Winifred Alice (born 10/04/13) and Irene Nellie (born 06/08/14) and that his widow, Elanor Elizabeth was granted 22/11 per week with effect from 04/06/1917.
His death was reported in The West Herts and Watford Observer, the text from which is transcribed below:
"Pte W H Burch, Herts Regiment, of Vale Road has been killed in action. He enlisted in May and has been at the front since August. Previously he was a clerk at Messrs Blyth & Platt’s and used to play the cornet in the Volunteer Training Corps Band’".
He is remembered with honour in France on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Pier & Face 12C. He is also commemorated on the Bushey Memorial, at St James’, St Paul’s and at Bushey & Oxhey Methodist Church.
His Service Record is available.