Graham Samuel Burley

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           48062

Unit:                     23rd Bn. Welsh Regiment

 

 Graham was born in St George Bristol in 1887.  He was the 5th child of Joseph & Louisa Burley.  A 4 year old schoolboy in 1891 he was living with his family Church Road St. George; his father was a “Maker of Tin Wares”.  In 1901 the family were at 198, Ironmongers Shop, Church Road, St George and Graham had 8 siblings his father & two eldest brothers occupied as Sheet Iron Workers.  By the time of the 1911 census we find the family living at 4 Beaconsfield Road, St. George, his father is now described as a Bucket Maker, Sheet Iron Worker, and Employer whilst 24 year old Graham is a tailor. During the 3rd Quarter of 1913 Graham marries Ellen Grace Abbott; they have two children Ethel & Grace.

The 23rd (Service) Battalion (Welsh Pioneers) Battalion, Welsh Regiment was formed at Porthcawl in September 1915. They moved to Aldershot in March 1916 and in May to Thetford to join 69th Division, In June they left the division and on the 13th of July sailed from Devonport for Salonkia where they joined 28th Division as a Pioneer Battalion on the 24th of August. They were in action during the occupation of Mazirko and the capture of Barakli Jum'a. In 1917 they were involved in the capture of Ferdie and Essex Trenches (near Barakli Jum'a) and then the capture of Barakli and Kumli. In mid-1918 a number of units returned to France The remainder of the Division were later in action at the Battle of Doiran and the pursuit to the Strumica valley. When Hostilities with Bulgaria ceased at the end of September the 28th Division was in the area of Trnovo. They moved in early November to Gallipoli and occupied the Dardanelles Forts.

Graham Samuel Burley died on 3rd October 1918 age 31, his widow Ellen was living at 37 Leonard Rd. Redfield, Bristol.

Graham is buried and remembered with honour in grave number 1364 at the Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Thessalonika, Greece.

Image by kind permission of CWGC

Robert was entitled to the British War Medal & The Victory Medal.

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK census

Wikipedia.