Images courtesy of Sonia.

Born: 7th February 1911, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 6th December 1942; age: 31; KiA Benghazi, Libya.

Residence: 34, Portman Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Tobacco Cutter & Drier – Churchman’s, Ipswich.

Religion: CofE.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 7392665.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 21st Field Ambulance.


Grave Reference:harry-burman-2

Joint Grave 2.B.28-29.

Benghazi War Cemetery,


(Original cross.)

Harry was laid to rest with 32 year old, Edward Alexander Boddie, from Aberdeen, Scotland. A Signalman, 2351422, of the Royal Corps of Signals.

On the 2nd March 1945, the bodies were exhumed, identified and re-buried.




1911   43, Wingfield Street, Ipswich.


Harry was 2 months old and living with his parents, sister & step siblings.

Harry Burman, 38, a Corporation Electric Line Labourer, born Ipswich.

Edith May Burman (nee Kettle (1st marriage Butcher)), 37, born Leiston, Suffolk.

Percy Isaac Butcher, 14, a Fish Merchant, born Ipswich.

Reginald Arthur Butcher, 12, a News Boy/at school, born Ipswich.

Maud May Butcher, 8, born Ipswich.

Joseph William Butcher, 6, born Ipswich.

Pamela Edith Burman, 19 months, born Ipswich.


Harry’s father, Harry Burman died 1935, Ipswich.


Harry’s step brother, Reginald Arthur Butcher, lost his life in the First World War, on the 31st August 1915, at Ipswich Military Hospital of Appendicitis, he was 16 years old. He enlisted on the 15th February 1915 and wrote that he was 19 years old. Reginald was ranked a Driver, service number 1179, of the Royal Field Artillery, 3rd East Anglian Brigade. Reginald was laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery.



Harry was one of the men in the photograph working at Churchman’s, Ipswich.


In 1932, Ipswich, Harry married Dorothy Maud Ethel Allaton, born June 1912, Ipswich, daughter of Herbert Allaton (a street organist – own account (blind since the age of 44)) and Ellen Agnes Allaton (nee Ditohn). 

They had 5 children.



Harry and his wife, Dorothy were living at their family home – 34, Portman Street, Ipswich with 3 of their children. Harry was a Tobacco Cutter & Drier.


The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.

A non-combatant roll under the Geneva Convention, members of the RAMC may only use weapons for self-defence.


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