1. Grave:Bellicourt British CemeteryV. M. 7.
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour57A GQS

Awards & Titles:

Queen's South Africa Medal & 4 Clasps

Family :

Son of Walter Stewart Burmester; husband of Florence Augusta Burmester.

He was educated at Dulwich College, and entered the service of the Norddcutscher Lloyd Steamship Company at Bremen in 1898. He resigned his position in 1899 and joined the Imperial Yeomanry, serving with them in the Boer War in 1900-1 (QSA and four clasps). In 1901 he acted as Clerk to the Secretary of the Orange River Colony Administration, and as Clerk to the Colonial Secretary in 1902; acted as Chief Clerk in 1904, and again in 1905.

See also: Dulwich College.

Military :


Unit :1st Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry 
Attached : 
Action :The Final Advance in Artois 

Detail :

His obituary appeared in the newsapapers. One such account stated "DIED OF WOUNDS - BURMESTER. - On the 8th Oct., in France, of wounds. CAPTAIN CHARLES MANSEL BURMESTER, 3rd S. Wales Borderers, attached to King's Shropshire Light Infantry, son on the late W.S. Burmester, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and grandson of the late Capt. Garden Burmester, of Weston Lodge, Ross, Herefordshire."

Another provided more personal notes and goes further: " CAPTAIN CHARLES MANSEL BURMESTER, South Wales Borderers, attached to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, who died of wounds in France on October 8, ws born in 1875. He was the son of the late W.S. Burmester, late of the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, grandson of Captain Henry Garden Burmester, killed in the Indian Mutiny, great-grandson of Colon Forster, C.B., who was raised and commanded the Shekhawattee Brigade, now the Shekhawattee Regiment (13th Rajputs), and of Charles Burmester, of Weston Lodge, Penyard near Ross-on-Wye. Captain Burmester was educated at Dulwich College, where he was head of the Modern VIth, in 1894 an shot in the VIII, in 1892, 1893 and 1894. He served as correspondence clerk in the North-German Lloyd at Bremen from 1897 to 1899, and for his services in the South African War was awarded the Queens medal with four bars. He worked under Lord Milner in the Colonial Secretary's office of the Orange River Colony from 1902 to 1907, and under the Boer Government until 1909, when he went to British Columbia and founded and edited the Old Country Man of Vancouver, B.C. He enlisted in 1914 in the Tyrone Regiment of the Ulster Forces, and again in August, 1914, in the 16th Canadian Highlanders, being commissioned as lieutenant in the following December, and promoted captain in February, 1915. Captain Burmester, who was the author of "The Log of an Overseasman," was president of the Bloemfontein Rifle Club in 1905 and won the first Century Medal in 1906."

See also Canadian Great War Project.
See also West End Vacouver.

The Final Advance in Artois occured 2nd October - 11th November 1918. Concurrently with the advances in the Somme and Arras sectors the First and Fifth British Armies continued the advance and chase the Germans back towards the Belgian border.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Letchworth No. 3503 E.C.Gibraltar

11th April 1917
25th April 1917
23rd May 1917

The final entry in the contribution record for Charles only shows "Killed." When he was initiated into Letchworth Lodge No. 3503 aged 41, in 1917 he was recorded as Captain. R.W.F, at Gibraltar.

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