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Burrows, Charles (33034)

The following comment by Brian Membrey has alerted us to Charles Burrows who served in the British Army during WWI.

Leslie Thomas SPAIN was a brother-in-law of Charles BURROWS, 33034, Bombardier, D Battery 123rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery, British Army who died of wounds in France, 5 June, 1917 and who is included on the AWM Commemorative Roll of Australians killed while serving with Allied forces. Elizabeth Frances SPAIN (born Port Melbourne) married Burrows in 1913, one child Charles John (“little Jackie” below born Port Melbourne, 1914. Little is known of Charles Burrows – he may have been a British Reservist, a group who originally enlisted in the British Army for a 12-year period, but who were released back to civilian life ahead of time on the condition that they return to their units should England find itself in a case of serious conflict. About 200 of these men entered Victorian Barracks on 6 August, 1914, some eight or nine days before general recruiting commence and sailed with the “First Fleet”: on 10 October to re-join their British regiments.

BURROWS — Killed in action in France, 6th June, Bdr. Charles, the dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth (nee Lizzie Spain), and darling daddy of little Jackie, late of 341 Princes-st., Port Melbourne, and now 89 Beaconsfield-parade, Croxton, after 2 years and 11 months’ active service. Sadly missed. Inserted by his broken-hearted wife, Lizzie, and son Jackie.

Charles’ great niece, Kate Loe, has provided the following photograph of his grave at Henin in France plus a certificate in his memory.

Charles Burrow’s grave at Henin, France. Courtesy Kate Loe



  • Kate Loe
    Posted June 8, 2017 12.31 am 0Likes

    Charles was my great uncle and on the 5.6.17 this week we visited his grave just outside of Arras. He served with 123rd Royal Field Artillery. We would be keen to make contact with any Australian relatives. I also have an image of his memorial if it could be uploaded

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