Second Lieutenant, County of London Yeomanry
Born: October 6th 1886
Died: October 27th 1918
Age at Death: 32
Died, October 27th 1918
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by the Tiplady Family.
2nd Lieutenant Charles Herbert Burt (Junior House 1895–1899)
Charles Burt was born on 6 October 1886 in Marylebone, London. He was the younger son and fifth child of Henry W. Burt, a solicitor, and his wife Fanny. Burt’s family lived in London throughout his life, his sisters remaining there after both his parents apparently died while he was still a child. However, he was sent to the College aged 9 and then went to Fettes College. After completing his education he became a clerk in a shipping firm in London.
On the outbreak of war he joined the County of London Yeomanry, a Territorial Cavalry Regiment. He was attached to the 3rd Battalion, which, apart from one detachment which served in the Middle East, was converted into a cyclist battalion and retained in the United Kingdom throughout the war. In October 1918 he contracted an illness, probably a variant of the Spanish Flu then sweeping Europe, while stationed at Curragh, Ireland, and was hospitalised in Dublin, where he died on 27 October 1918.
Burt’s body was repatriated to England and his grave is in the Dorking Cemetery, Surrey, England.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15