Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph

In the early 1900’s Alfred’s family Anglicised their West Germanic surname Burger to Burgess.

Born: 1890, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 15th September 1918; age 27; Died of Wounds at No. 38. Casualty Clearing Station.

Residence: 8, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 39295

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 120th Siege Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasps & Roses.


Grave Reference:

  1. A. 25

Sunken Road Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Burgess, of 8, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.




1891   15, Alfred Street, Ipswich.


Alfred was 9 months old and living with his parents

Alfred Burgess, 24, a Stationary Engine Driver, born Ipswich.

Eliza Burgess (nee Hunting), 19; born Newmarket, Suffolk.


1901   Great College Street, St. Pancras, London, Middlesex.


Alfred was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings

Alfred, 33, an Engine Driver (Stationary)

Eliza, 28.

Eliza Elizabeth L. Burgess, 8, born Ipswich.

George Henry Burgess, 6, born St. Pancras, London.

Joseph Simon Burgess, 4, born St. Pancras, London.


1911   8, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.


Alfred Burgess was 20 years old, a Boiler Maker’s Apprentice – Plough Factory. He was living with his parents, siblings & spinster paternal great aunt.

Alfred, 41 an Engine Driver – Plough Factory.

Eliza, 38.

Eliza, 18, Helped at Home.

George, 16, a Boy Milk Seller – Dairy.

Joseph, 14, an Errand Boy – Silversmith.

Emily Burger, 68, a Charwoman, born Ipswich.


Alfred, was 5 ½ years old, of 91, Marlboro Road, Islington when on the 1st June 1896, he was registered at the infant’s school – Duncombe Road School, Islington.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza Burgess – mother.


Alfred is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.


Royal Garrison Artillery, 120th Siege Battalion:

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