Burmester, Maurice George

Lieutenant Maurice George Burmester (H, 1887-1891) was born on September 28th, 1873, son of Frederick Garland Burmester of Claygate, Surrey and came to Culver’s Close from the Reverend G.H. West’s school at Bournemouth.

He served for some months after leaving Winchester in the 9th (Militia) Battalion of the Essex Regiment, and in 1893 left England for California, where he settled in business and made a considerable reputation as an amateur jockey. He returned to England on the outbreak of the South African War and took service with the Gloucestershire Yeomanry, going back to California when peace was signed.

In August 1914 he again returned to England to volunteer and in the following December obtained a commission in the Essex Regiment. He went to the Dardanelles early in 1915 and took part in the landing at Suvla Bay. On 25th August 1915 it was recorded that it was “Very quiet. Lt Burmester died of wounds received in the early morning”. He had been hit by one of the Turkish snipers and died later that day, aged 41. His grave was evidently lost for he is commemorated on Panel 144 of the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Burmester
  • Forenames or initials: Maurice George
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1887-1891
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Essex Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 28th September 1873
  • Date of Death: 20th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.