Daniel Burges VC, DSO

Daniel Burges (1 July 1873 – 24 October 1946) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First World War during the battle of Battle of Doiran.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 31067, Page: 14774, reads:

“Maj. (T./Lt.-Col.) Daniel Burges, D.S.O., Glouc. R., Commanding 7th (S) Bn., S. Wales Bord.

For most conspicuous bravery, skilful leading and devotion to duty in the operations at Jumeaux (Balkans) on the 18th September. 1918. His valuable reconnaissance of the enemy first line trenches enabled him to bring his battalion without casualties to the assembly point, and from thence he maintained direction with great skill, though every known landmark was completely obscured by smoke and dust. When still some distance from its objective the battalion came under severe machine-gun fire which caused many casualties amongst company leaders. Lt.-Col. Burges, though himself wounded, quite regardless of his own safety, kept moving to and fro through his command, encouraging his men and assisting them to maintain formation and direction. Finally, as they neared the enemy’s position, he led them forward through a decimating fire until he was again hit twice and fell unconscious.

His coolness and personal courage were most marked throughout and afforded a magnificent example to all ranks.”

He was cremated at Arnos Vale Crematorium in Bristol where his ashes are interred. A memorial plaque was unveiled on 24 October 2006

 

Crematorium Memorial. Arnos Vale Cemetery

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