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In Remembrance of
Henry Burgess, B.E.M.

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Date of birth: 11th December 1897
Place of birth: Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Parents: William and Mary Burgess
Wife: Grace Burgess
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Warrant Ordnance Officer
Service Number: M.35479
Joined Hood: 8th September 1936 (Chief Ordnance Artificer 1st Class)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Acting Temporary Warrant Ordnance Officer)
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Biographical Information:

Henry was born on 11th December 1897 in Carlisle, Cumberland to William and Mary Burgess.

He originally joined the Navy as a rating (his service number was M35479). He was later commissioned as an officer.

He joined the Royal Navy on 12th May 1920 as an Ordnance Artificer - a role which had responsibility for maintaning and ensuring the smooth and trouble free working of the ship's guns. His initial training was at the Royal Navy's gunnery school, H.M.S Excellent at Whale Island, Portsmouth. Following a 15 momth course, Henry was drafted to his first ship, the battleship, H.M.S Barham as an Acting Ordnance Artificer 4th Class. In November of 1921 his rate was made substantive and he remained in Barham until July 1924 when he returned to Excellent for further training.

His second period of training lasted for 18 months - an indication of the level of skill that was required to perform the duties for which he was resopnsible.

After a short spell in the Naval Barracks at portsmouth, Henry was drafted to a destroyer serving firstly in the Mediterranean then on the China Station. It would be July 1928 before he returned to the U.K.

A further 15 months of training at H.M.S Excellent prepared him for advancement to Chief Ordnance Artificer, 2nd Class. He was drafted to the battleship, H.M.S. Nelson in January 1930 - initially in his substantive rate as Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class. Three months later he came the opprtunity to test his new skills as he was rated Acting Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class. Twelve months later this was made substantive.

Leaving Nelson in August 1932, Henry returned to H.M.S. Excellent beore joining the battleship Royal Sovereign in September 1935. He would serve in her for two years before returning ashore for a year at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

It would be Henry's final period of serice ashore as, in September 1936, he was drafted to H.M.S. Hood as a Chief Ordnance Artificer 1st Class - a rate to which he had advanced whilst at Greenwich. Hood would be his home for the next six years until her destruction in May 1941. He was one of two Chief Ordnance Artificers leading a team of nine and himself under a Warrant Ordnance Officer. As such he was a key member of Hood's crew and would have been known to any of the officers and ratings whose duries included operating the ship's armament. Just before Hood was lost, came a final recognition as, on 14th May, Henry was promoted to Acting Warrant Ordnance Officer. This placed him as the head of the team of of 11 Ordnance Officers carried by Hood.

Henry was the husband of Grace Burgess, of Carlisle, Cumberland. Together, they had two children, James and Joyce. Henry, who had been awarded the British Empire Medal in the 1941 New Year's Honours, was 43 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
12th May 192030th August 1921ExcellentActing Ordnance Artificer 4th ClassADM188/1088
31st August 19217th November 1921BarhamActing Ordnance Artificer 4th ClassADM188/1088
8th November 192111th May 1923BarhamOrdnance Artificer 4th ClassADM188/1088
12th May 192330th June 1924BarhamOrdnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1088
1st July 192420th January 1926ExcellentOrdnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1088
21st January 19261st February 1926Victory II (Wivern)Ordnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1088
2nd February 192630th September 1926Egmont II (Wivern)Ordnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1088
1st October 192611th May 1927Tamar II (Wivern)Ordnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1088
12th May 19278th July 1928Tamar II (Wivern)Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM188/1088
9th July 192819th September 1928Victory II (Wivern)Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM188/1088
20th September 192826th October 1928Victory IIOrdnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM188/1088
27th October 192831st December 1929ExcellentOrdnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM188/1088
1st January 193025th March 1930NelsonOrdnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
26th March 193025th March 1931NelsonActing Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
26th March 193119th August 1932NelsonChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
20th August 19329th September 1932ExcellentChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
10th September 19321st September 1933Victory IIChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
2nd September 193314th September 1933ExcellentChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
15th September 193323rd August 1935Royal SovereignChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
24th August 193525th March 1936GreenwichChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/489
26th March 19367th September 1936GreenwichChief Ordnance Artificer 1st ClassADM363/489
8th September 193613th May 1941HoodChief Ordnance Artificer 1st ClassADM363/489
14th May 194124th May 1941HoodActing Temporary Warrant Ordnance OfficerADM363/489

Additional Photos

Henry and Grace

Henry aboard Hood

H.M.S. Excellent Roll of Honour, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Henry's name is in Column 1 of Panel 46.

Detail of Henry's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His grandson, Dave Burgess (photo, 2001)
His son, Jim Burgess (information, May 2007)
Guy M. Evans (photos, April 2008)
The National Archives (ADM 188/1088 and ADM363/489 - Harry's Service record)