Captain Hugh Henry BURN MC
2nd Coldstream Guards
Date of birth: November 1895
Date of death: 16 September 1916
Died of wounds aged 20
Buried in Grovetown Cemetery Meaulte at I C 17
Hugh Henry was born in India to Charles W Burn, who was employed in some government position, and Annie Alexandrina. At the time of the 1901 census, he was staying with his widowed mother in Great Malvern. By 1911 she had remarried and information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website states that he is the son of Mrs. A. A. Massey (formerly Burn), of 12, Linden Gardens, Bayswater, London, and the late Mr. C. W. Burn, native of Haughton, Haslemere.
Educated at Winchester, in 1913 he was in the Winchester Eleven, making 339 runs with an average of 24.07 and taking four wickets for 32.25 runs each. Against Eton he scored 22 and 29. He was a powerful driver and bowled uncertain googlies.
He joined the Coldstream Guards in August 1914.
“On 23/10/1914 the remainder of A Company (Gloucestershire) reported that they had re-occupied the trenches previously lost by the Guards.
During the evening of the 23/10/1914 the remnants of the 2 platoons of D company under Captain Burn, with the M.G. section, took over the defences of the trenches on the left of the Koekuit road. Before relief was possible many men of D Company sheltered in the northernmost houses of Langemark. One section was knocked out by a direct hit on a cottage. The rest of the battalion in the mean time was in reserve in its old position SW of Langemark.”
He was awarded the Military Cross on 3 June 1916.
He died of wounds received in action in the Battle of the Ancre, the final battle of the Somme offensive.
His Estate amounted to £200 6s 5d. Administration granted to his mother.