William Henry Burch


William Henry Burch


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Battalion


British War and Victory medals


Pier and Face 12 C.



UK Memorials

Bushey Town Memorial,
St James’ Church Memorial, Bushey,
Wesleyan (now Bushey & Oxhey Methodist) Church Memorial, Oxhey

Pre War

Born at Lockerley, Hampshire in 1888, William Henry Burch was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel George Burch. His parents later moved to Rosemary Cottages, Dickenson Avenue, Croxley, Herts.

Church marriage documents show he married an Eleanor Elizabeth Goodwin at Frogmore, Herts on 21st December 1912 and they made their home at 25, Vale Road, Bushey. (Note: The civil registration index shows her name as Maud E Goodwin, but it is thought this is a transcription error).

Wartime Service

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.

Additional Information

Information provided with the kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.


Andrew Palmer
Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild, Paul Johnson