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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


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Pte 17272 Michael Joseph Burke

  • Age: 26
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Wednesday 18th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

Michael Joseph Burke was born in 1890 in Liverpool and was the brother of Patrick burke of 8 Hornby Road, Bootle. Prior to the outbreak of the war he was employed by Cunard Steamship Company.

He enlisted on the 14th September, 1914 in Liverpool and gave his age as 24 years and gave his occupation as Ships Clerk. He was 5 foot seven and ¾ inches tall, weighed 128lbs, had a fresh complexion, grey eyes, had brown hair and gave his religion as Roman Catholic.

08.06.15: Confined to barracks for seven days whilst at Grantham for not complying with Kings Regs Para 1696

26.04.16: 89th Brigade Trench Mortar for course.

30.04.16: Rejoined Battalion.

06.06.16: 89/2 Trench Mortar Battery.

12.08.16: Permanently attached to 89th Trench Mortar Battery.

 

He was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 17272 when he was killed in action on the 18th October 1916 aged 26 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.

A report from the Bootle Times:

Corporal M.J. Burke, K.L.R., who before the war resided with his brother at 8, Hornby-Road, Bootle, was killed in action on October 18th. He had been for a number of years employed by the Cunard Steamship Co., but volunteered at the outbreak of war. His officer, writing to the relatives said, "His fine character, quiet manner, and devotion to duty gained for him a popularity and respect of which he must have been proud. I often think what a happier world this would be if there were more in it like your brother. I know that you must feel proud of him, and although your burden of grief is so heavy you will find consolation in the thought that he so nobly died for his King and country

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

He is also commemorated on the Bootle Civic Memorial.

We currently have no further information on Michael Joseph Burke, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

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