BURGUM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

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BURGUM
and BURGHAM

British Forces Service Records

The records below are primarily a list of the British Army Service Records (1760-1915), held by the National Archive.

Allen Burgum
Calculated Birth Year: 1874
Parish of Birth: West Greenwich
Town of Birth: Greenwich
County of Birth: Kent
Age at Attestation: 19 years 4 months
Attestation Date: 31 May 1893 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps: ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT, 3rd Bn
Attestation soldier number: 8892
Discharge corps: Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) - 50th & 97th Foot
Civil occupation: Waterside Labourer, boss Mr Barker
Civil address: 12 Wood Wharf, West Greenwich, Kent
Description: 5' 2½" tall, weight 121 lbs, 34-36" chest, fresh complex, blue eyes, brown hair, indistinct tattoo marks both arms, Church of England
Service History: 31 May 1893-30 May 1899
Other Details:
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 874 / 194
Edward Wilder Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1882
Parish of Birth: Lydney
Town of Birth: Lydney
County of Birth: Gloucestershire
Age at Attestation: 19 years 10 months
Attestation Date: 1 Mar 1901 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps: Gloucestershire Regiment
Attestation soldier number: 6946
Discharge corps: 2nd volunteer, B7 Glos Reg.
Discharge Date: 11 Jun 1902
Civil occupation: Engine Fitter
Civil address: 1 Bathhurst Park, Lydney, Glos.
Description: 5’ 6" tall, weight 147 lbs, chest 36-37", grey eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion, Church of England
Service History: Home 1 Mar 1901 - 29.3.1901 (29 days); South Africa 30 Mar 1901 - 13 May 1902 (1 year 45 days); Home 14 May 1902 - 11 Jun 1902 (29 days)
Other Details: Father=William Richard Burgham
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 4455 / 11
Ernest Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1880
Parish of Birth: Leeds
Town of Birth: Leeds
County of Birth: Yorkshire
Age at Attestation: 21 years
Attestation Date: 11 January 1901 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps: YORK & LANCASTER
Attestation soldier number: 9124
Discharge corps: York And Lancaster Regiment - 65th & 84th Foot
Civil occupation: Labourer
Civil address: 28 Compton Road, Leeds
Description: 5’ 6½" tall, weight 113 lbs, chest 31-33", Fair complexion, scar near left eye, blue eyes, brown hair, Church of England
Service History: Posted 11 Jan 1901 - 26 Feb 1901; to York & Lancs Reg 26 Feb 1901; Ponetfract 27 Feb 1901
Other Details: Mother - Lousia Hurst, 43a Grove Road, Harrogate, Yorkshire
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 1059 / 206
George Burgum
Calculated Birth Year: 1888
Parish of Birth: Neepsend
Town of Birth: Sheffield
County of Birth: Yorkshire
Age at Attestation: 17 years 9 months
Attestation Date: 17 May 1905 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps: 3RD BN K O YORKSHIRE L I
Attestation soldier number: 9274
Discharge corps: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) - 51st & 105th Foot
Civil occupation: Town labourer
Civil address: 12 Court 3, Birley St,
Description: mole 2" below left ear, 5’ 4½" tall, chest 32-35", fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, Church of England
Service History: 17 May 1905 - 27 Jun 1908, discharged under para 59 of Special Army Order 23 Dec 1907
Other Details: Father = George Harry Burgum, 12 Court 3 House, Birley Street
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 891 / 169
James Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1873
Parish of Birth: Radstock
Town of Birth: Bristol
County of Birth: Somerset
Age at Attestation: 17 years 8 months
Attestation Date: 1 Nov 1890 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps: Welsh Regiment
Attestation soldier number: 2904
Discharge corps: Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) - 50th & 97th Foot
Civil occupation: Labourer
Civil address: 12 Wood Wharf, West Greenwich, Kent
Description: 5’ 4" tall, weight 119 lbs, 33-34" chest, pale complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, Church of England
Service History: Joined at Cardiff; transferred to 2nd Bn 15 Feb 1891; arrested by civil power 14 Dec 1891; convicted + imprisoned for theft 15 Jan 1892; in prison 32 days; discharged in consequence of having been convicted of theft by civil power 15 Jan 1892, total service 1 yr, 76 days
Other Details: Last 3 years at fathers house in Monmouthshire; Father=Edward Burgham, Cwmbran
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 2408 / 69
John Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1856
Parish of Birth: Ross
Town of Birth: Hereford
County of Birth: Herefordshire
Age at Attestation: 20 years 5 months
Attestation Date: 2 Aug 1876 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps: 37th Brigade, Bristol
Attestation soldier number: 891
Civil occupation: Moulder
Description: 5’ 5¼" tall, chest 33", fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, cross on middle finger of left hand, Church of England
Service History: Previously served in Royal Hereford Militia; attested 4 Aug 1876 - 30 Jun 1881 (5 years 331 days); permitted to extend his army service to 15 years with the Colors authority 13 Aug 1880; Gloster 1 Jul 81 - 3 Aug 1882; Good conduct pay at 2 Nov 1881 (1yr 34 days); Gloster 4 Aug 1882 - 28 Nov 1885 (3 yrs 117 days); Good conduct pay 2 Nov 1884; Army Res. transfrred Pte 29 Mar 1885 - 3 Aug 1888; Discharged time expired 3 Aug 1888 (total 9 years 117 days)
Home 4 Aug 1876 - 8 Feb 1878 (1 year 189 days)
Malta 9 Feb 1878 - 18 Aug 1880 (2 years 191 days)
East Indies 19 Aug 1880 - 27 Aug 1880 (2 months)
S Afganistan 28 Oct 1880 - 28 Feb 1883 (2 years 124 days)
E Indies 1 Mar 1883 - 30 Sep 1885 (2 years 214 days)
E Indies 1 Oct 1885 - 23 Nov 1885 (54 days)
Home 24 Nov 1885 - 3 Aug 1888 (2 years 259 days)
Discharged Bristol, Cert of Education 4th class, good character on discharge
Other Details: Alias J. V. Dean (but why?); Next of Kin Mother Ann, Ross, Herefordshire
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 2408 / 124
John Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1865
Parish of Birth: Rader
Town of Birth: Pontypool
County of Birth: Monmouthshire
Age at Attestation: 21 years 5 months
Attestation Date: 14 Oct 1886 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps: 3RD BATTALION THE S WALES BORDS
Attestation soldier number: 2137
Discharge corps: South Wales Borderers - 24th Foot; discharged by purchase 19 Apr 1887
Civil occupation: Pudler, boss Mr J Morgans, Abertillery
Civil address: Blania (?), Monmouthshire (last 12 months at Abertillery, Monmouthshire)
Description: 5’ 6¼" tall, chest 36", fair complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, Church of England
Service History: 14 Nov 1886 - 19 Apr 1887
Other Details:
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 450 / 354
John Burgum
Calculated Birth Year: 1871
Parish of Birth: Poplar
Town of Birth: London
County of Birth: Middlesex
Age at Attestation: 32 years 1 month
Attestation Date: 20 Oct 1903 (rank private)
Attestation corps: 6TH BATTN MANCHESTER REGT
Attestation soldier number: 9600
Discharge corps: Manchester Regiment - 63rd & 96th Foot
Civil occupation: Boiler Maker
Civil address: ?5 London Road, Manchester, Lancashire
Description: 5’ 5" tall, weight 126lbs, 37-39" chest, fresh com, grey eyes, dark chestnut hair, Church of England
Service History: DOE 49 days, absent from PD and training 1904
Other Details: Widower; brother Alfred Burgum now in Canada
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 991 / 290
John Frederick K. Burgum
Calculated Birth Year: 1891
Parish of Birth: St Lukes
Town of Birth: London
County of Birth: Middlesex
Age at Attestation: 17 years
Attestation Date: 13 Oct 1908 (rank private)
Attestation corps: 3rd Bn Queens
Attestation soldier number: 3231
Discharge corps: Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) - 2nd Foot
Civil occupation: Metal Polisher, working for father W. H. Burgum
Civil address: 42 Rawstone St, Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex
Description: 5’ 3¼" tall, weight 118lbs, 33½ - 36" chest, fresh complex, brown eyes, brown hair, scar rgt foot, Church of England
Service History: Posted 13 Oct 1908 (49 days)
Other Details: father=William Henry Burgum, 42 Rawstone St, Clerkenwell; older brother William (Rifle Brigade); older brother George (Rifle Brigade); older brother John (with father); younger brother Frederick (with father)
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 13 / 353
Joseph A Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1828
Parish of Birth: Feckenham
Town of Birth: Bromsgrove
County of Birth: Worcestershire
Age at Attestation: 31 years 8 months
Attestation Date: 14 January 1859 at Dover
Attestation corps:
Attestation soldier number:
Discharge corps: Army Service Corps
Discharge date: 17 Jan 1876 (at Aldershot after 21 years 17 days)
Civil occupation: Schoolmaster
Civil address:
Description: 5’ 8" tall, fresh complexion, brown eyes, grey hair
Service History: New Zealand 3 years 11 months, East Indies 3 years, 3 months
Other Details: Intended place of residence on discharge - Portsmouth, Hants, Soldiers Institute
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 2148 / 158
Richard Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1861
Parish of Birth: Upton on Severn
Town of Birth: Worcester
County of Birth: Worcestershire
Age at Attestation: 22 years
Attestation Date: 18 Sep 1883 (at Aldershot)
Attestation corps: Army Hospital Corps
Attestation soldier number: 5618
Discharge corps: Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) - 50th & 97th Foot
Civil occupation: Painter, apprenticed to Mr Smart, 34 Broad St, Worcester (5½ years)
Civil address: 12 Wood Wharf, West Greenwich, Kent
Description: 5’ 5½" tall, weight 122lbs, chest 34", fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, scar behind left leg, Church of England
Service History: Transferred to Army reserve 28 Nov 1890 (4 years 284 days), discharged 17 Sep 1895, (total service 12 years 12 days)
Home - 18 Sep 1883 - 19 Nov 1884 (1 year 63 days)
Cape - 20 Nov 1884 - 13 Nov 1890 (5 years 359 days)
Home - 14 Nov 1890 - 17 Sep 1895 (4 years 308 days)
Certificate of Education 3rd class 18 Jun 1884; 3rd class, 2 Oct 1885
Campaigns: Bechuanland 1884 - 1885
Other Details: Step-father C. Volkins, mother Annie Volkins, Court St, Near the Royal Oak, Upton on Severn, Worcs.
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 2408 / 68
Samuel Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1790
Parish of Birth: Birmingham
Town of Birth: Birmingham
County of Birth: Warwickshire
Age at Attestation: 20 years
Attestation Date: 6 January 1810 (rank - Private)
Attestation corps:
Attestation soldier number:
Discharge corps: 79th Foot at Aston
Civil occupation: Umbrella Maker
Civil address:
Description: 5’ 4" tall, brown hair, grey eyes, dark complexion (40 years old on discharge)
Service History: Period of service 6 January 1810 - 30 August 1830 (20 years 237 days), total service (22 years 237 days; 2 years added for Waterloo)
Three years in the Peninsula: was present at siege of Burgos, at the battles of Salamanca, Pyrennes, Nivella, Toulouse and at Waterloo. Served three years in France and four years in Canada. After 21 years faithful service at his own request with the modified rate of pension.
Other Details: Intended place of residence, Birmingham
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 891 / 102
Samuel Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: ?
Parish of Birth: Cinderford
Town of Birth: Cinderford
County of Birth: Gloucestershire
Age at Attestation: 19 years 4 months
Attestation Date: 30 April 1888
Attestation corps: 4TH BN WEST YORKS REG (rank private)
Attestation soldier number: 692
Discharge corps: Prince Of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) - 14th Foot
Civil occupation: Coal miner boss Mr Barker
Civil address: 31 Shaftsbury Square, New Rotherham (living at Wheldale, Castleford, York for last 12 months at militia attestation
Description: 5’ 5¾" tall, chest 34", sallow complexion, bluish grey eyes, brown hair, blue coal sear on right side of forehead, scar on back of head, scar on left side of head; Church of England
Service History: Militia Attestation age 19y 2m. 17 Aug 1882 at Pontefract; 3rd York + Lanc attested 17 Aug 1882 - 2 Sep 1882; training 9 Jul 1883 - 4 Aug 1883; transfrred to 4th Batt West Yorks 29 Mar 1884; re-engaged for Militia 29 Mar 1884 - 25 Apr 1888; Militia Reserve 26 Apr 1888 - 29 Apr 1888; re-engaged for Militia and Militia Reserve 17 May 1892 - 31 May 1897; discharged permanently unfit 31 May 1897; total service 24 years and 10 months
Other Details: Initially rejected for being under weight! Signed with a cross; kin brothers James and William
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 281 / 390
William Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1871
Parish of Birth: St Marys
Town of Birth: Monmouth
Age at Attestation: 18 years
Attestation Date: 29 April 1889
Attestation corps: RL MON BATTALION ENGR MILITIA REGIMENT
Attestation soldier number: 9967
Discharge corps: Royal Monmouthshire Engineers
Civil occupation: Labourer
Civil address: 4 Skinners Yard, Monmouth (last 12 months)
Description: 5’ 6½" tall, chest 33", fresh complex, brown eyes, dark brown hair, Wesleyean
Service History: RMEM 5th Bn, attested Sapper 29 Apr 1889, discharged medically unfit 5 Jun 1890
Other Details:
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 1297 / 342
William Burgham
Calculated Birth Year: 1878
Parish of Birth: Llantarnam
Town of Birth: Cwmbram
County of Birth: Monmouthshire
Age at Attestation: 28 years
Attestation Date: 15 May 1906
Attestation corps: R M R E (M)
Attestation soldier number: 5037
Discharge corps: Royal Monmouth Engineers
Civil occupation: Plasterer, apprenticed to Mr Cummings (13 years expired)
Civil address: Llanairnam
Description: 5’ 11" tall, 160lbs, chest 39", fresh complex, brown eyes, dark brown hair, Church of England
Service History: REJECTED 18.5.1906!
Other Details: Father Edwin, mother Emma living at Twolocks Road, Cwmbran
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 1297 / 341