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H Burrows

Henry Burrows

Private 20508 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 10th Battalion

Enlisted: Mansfield 7th Dec 1914

Killed in Action Flanders 14th February, 1916 : Aged 29

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 39 and 41

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Private 20508 Henry Burrows was born 1886 in Radford. A widowed Mrs Elizabeth Burrows next shared 1891 Radford home of coal miner Mr Frank Stainwright, mothering her two children, Mary Ann 6, and Henry 5, prior her 1902 remarriage.

Mr Henry Burrows follows 1897 family move into Hucknall-under-Huthwaite, Old Fall Street housing, to begin his coal miner work above ground. Elder sisters marriage still finds an extended step family fully identified by 1911 Huthwaite census. Step father Mr Frank Stainwright 53 heads wife Mrs Elizabeth Stainwright 49, then mothering Henry 25 and Lily Burrows 14, plus two sons John Stainwright 9 and Frank Stainwright 7.

Pte 20508 Henry Burrows signed Short Service Attestation at Mansfield on 7th December 1914. Height measured 5 feet 5½ and chest 38½ inches, offering age 29 years 240 days, independently living on Blackwell Road, Huthwaite. He named Mrs Mary Ann Brooks at Newcastle Street, Huthwaite, next of kin, who proves to be his closest elder sister. Joining the 10th Notts & Derbys Regiment placed Pte H Burrows in France Flanders battlefields. The reported explosion witnessed by a Sutton comrade would account for a missing body, delaying date confirming Pte H Burrows was presumed killed in action 14th February 1916, aged 29.


Notts Free Press – 3rd March 1916.

The War Office has refused to confirm the statement that Private Henry Burrows, 20508, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, has been killed in action. The news was sent by a Sutton man in the same battalion that Burrows was blown up in the mining operation which overwhelmed his battalion. The particulars have, however, yet to be verified by the proper authorities.


05 Feb 09     by Gary Elliott       Updated 08 Nov 15