Burn, Hugh Henry


He was the son of Charles W. Burn Esq, of the Indian Civil Service and came to Winchester from Stanmore Park; he played in Commoner VI, Association XI and Lords, and won the hurdles and the high jump. By 1911 his widowed mother 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.

He had intended to go up to Christ Church, Oxford in October 1914 but within a few weeks of the declaration of war he obtained a commission in the Coldstream Guards (Special Reserve) and joined the 2nd Battalion in France soon afterwards. In February 1915 he was granted a full commission in the Guards, and in the following year won the M.C.

He died on 16th September 1916 of wounds sustained the day before while leading his company to the assault at Guinchy.

His name was on a Wykehamist name-board which afterwards came into the possession of the school, although it has subsequently been lost.  “BEF, France, 23rd December 1915  Dear Mr. Editor, It may interest some of your readers to hear that there is a farmhouse, more or less ruined, about half a mile behind the British line near Estaires, which is called Winchester House, and that a board is kept there on which Old Wykehamist visitors can inscribe their names, and the dates during which they were at Winchester. The following is the list of names and dates carved on this board with varying skill:– V.A. Ormsby 78-83 E.W. Tennant 11-14 E.G.T. Dalton 98-01 F.G. Bonham-Carter 91-96 V.T. Hill 84-89 R.S. Lambert 08-12 L.C.B. Russell 08-12 H.H. Burn 09-13 A.G. Brace 99-03 C.H. Seymour 00-05 C. Aylmer 00-03 L.J.P. Butler 89-93 P. Solomon [08-11] A.R. Pym 05-09 K.R. Habershon [03-08] D.C. Parsons 03-08 F.G.R.B. Stephens [99-05] I am, yours, etc., L.J.P. Butler”

Further information is available on the Christ Church, Oxford website: http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/cathedral/memorials/WW1/Hugh-Burn

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Burn
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh Henry
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1909-1913
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Coldstream Guards
  • Date of Birth: 15th November 1895
  • Date of Death: 16th September 1916
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E6
  • Decoration: M.C.
  • Burial Site: GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE: Grave I.C.17