Roll of Honour

Harold O. Burne

Harold Burne

Harold Ormond Burne was born in 1897 in Pyrmont, Germany.

Harold was the eldest of the 6 children of Ormond Hugh Burne.

Harold and five of his siblings, were born in Germany because their father Ormond Hugh Burne, a qualified teacher, took a job teaching in an English school in Germany and taking his wife with him they began their family in Germany. The school closed and Ormond got a job at the Felsted School in 1906. He was Assistant Master & mathematician 1906 - 1921. M.A. and formerly Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge

The family's financial situation meant it was cheaper to leave his young wife and children in Germany and Ormond would visit every school holiday.

Not much is really known about Harold, other than he came back to England a year before WW1 and stayed with his aunt at her school in Highgate. Harold is believed to have worked at a firm called Babcock and Wilson but left when he was likely to be called up. It appears he then went to live with his father at Felsted school until he was called up.

From Felsted, Harold enlisted at Warley barracks, Brentwood.

Harold served as a Private Soldier with the 1st/4th Battalion the Essex Regiment.

He was killed in action on 3rd November 1917, and is buried at the Gaza War Cemetery.


Harold Burne in Gaza
Harold with colleagues in Gaza.