Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
Coagh - Those That Served
   Staff Sergeant Harold J Burgess
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Dated added: 31/05/2017
Last updated: 24/02/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service:
1st Battalion, South African Rifles (South African Army)
Date Of Birth:
25/10/1881
Died:
 (Survived The War)
Age:
Summary
Harold J Burgess was the son of Robert and Matilda Burgess. He was born on 25th October 1881. Harold’s father, Robert Burgess, was a doctor and a Justice of the Peace (J.P.) in Coagh for many years. Harold Burgess attended the Royal School Dungannon. Harold worked as a clerk for a time before emigrating to South Africa. Staff Sergeant Harold J Burgess served with the 1st South African Rifles. Harold J Burgess survived the war. He was 37 years old when the war ended.
Further Information
The History of Coagh booklet lists Charles Herbert Burgess and Harold J Burgess as having served in the war.
Harold J Burgess was the son of Robert and Matilda Burgess. Robert Burgess and Matilda Jane King. They were married on 11th April 1878 in the district of Derry.
Harold Burgess was born on 25th October 1881. He was the third of six children. All the children were born in Coagh.
Family: Robert Burgess, Matilda Jane Burgess, Helen Burgess (born 20th February 1879), Robert King Holmes Burgess (born 27th May 1880), Harold J Burgess (born 25th October 1881), Charles Herbert Burgess (born 26th August 1883), Gladys Mary Burgess (born 20th February 1885), Catherine Maude Burgess (born 6th December 1890).
Harold’s father, Robert Burgess, was a doctor and a Justice of the Peace (J.P.) in Coagh for many years.
Harold Burgess attended the Royal School Dungannon.
The 1901 census lists Harold as age 19, living with the family at house 18 in Hanover Street Coagh. Dr Burgess was a General Medical Practitioner and a Justice of the Peace. Harold was a clerk.
The 1911 census does not list Harold as living with the family at house 17 in Hanover Street Coagh.
Staff Sergeant Harold J Burgess served with the 1st South African Rifles.
Harold J Burgess survived the war. He was 37 years old when the war ended.
Like his two brothers, Harold is listed on the Royal School Dungannon WW1 Memorial.
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Relevant Coagh Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Hanover Street, Coagh Coagh Village Census listings in Hanover Street 54.648391 -6.620898
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1 1901 Census lists Burgess family Lists Harold as age 19 as living with the family at house 18 in Hanover St, Coagh
2 1911 Census lists Burgess family Does not list Harold as living with the family at house 17 in Hanover St, Coagh
3 Brother - Charles Burgess Also served in the the war
4 Brother - Robert Burgess Also served in the the war
5 Imperial War Museum Listed on the Royal School Dungannon WW1 Memorial
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