He was born 24 October 1891 in Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the eldest of 4 children to John Thomas and Alice Ruth Burgess (nee Street). His father was a warehouseman/ boot salesman and later a commercial traveller in the boot and leather industry.
His siblings were Wilfrid, born 29 November 1893 in Toxteth; Kenneth, born 2 May 1901 in Poulton cum Seacombe , Wallasey; Marion Ruth Evelyn, born 24 March in Wallasey.
The family lived at 83 Buchanan Road, Wallasey and later at 72 Deveraux Drive.
Harry was a member of St Paul’s Church choir in Seacombe, Wallasey and played the piano very well. He sang with the St Paul’s Musical Society. He belonged to the Seacombe and Egremont Swimming Club, winning awards. He would swim the River Mersey between the Seacombe, Egremont and New Brighton piers.
In March 1911, his mother died.
He worked as a clerk in Liverpool at Appleby’s, the flour millers until enlisting in the Liverpool Pals.
He joined the 18th Battalion (2nd City) The King’s (Liverpool Regiment).
He moved to the Western Front with the British Expeditionary Force in France in January 1916 and within a week he was killed, on 17 January 1916, by a sniper whilst on sentry duty.
He was buried at Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme.
His Memorial Death Plaque is incorporated in the grave of his brother, Wilfrid at Frankby Cemetery, Wirral (F61), next to their brother, Kenneth. He is remembered at the Hall of Remembrance in Liverpool Town Hall (panel 14, right), at the Wallasey Civic Memorial in the hospital in Mill Lane and also at St Paul’s Church.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Rosemary Warburton, Harry's niece for this this information.