82 BURGESS, Andrew

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82 Andrew Burgess

Andrew Burgess was born in 1890 in Edinburgh Scotland to parents Isabelle and Andrew John Burgess. He also had two younger sisters Elizabeth and Helen. His father had worked for the railways and Andrew was schooled and later learnt the trade of carpenter and joiner. Andrew also joined the  9th  Highlanders Battalion where he spent six years.

9th Highlanders volunteer battalion the Royal Scots – courtesy britishempire.co.uk


Andrew arrived in Sydney from Great Britain on the P & O steamship “Ballarat” Via Cape Town South Africa leaving London 11th April 1912.

Andrew was originally reported Missing in action at Gallipoli and later he was wounded in action on the 19th May, a gunshot wound to his left foot.

His name made the second list of men wounded in the papers back in Australia , along with fellow sappers , W McCracken , B.A Coram.

Andrew was eventually transferred to Australia No.1 Auxillary hospital, Harefield in Middlesex  England.

AWM H19062 Harefield England the main building of No1 Australian auxiliary-hospital. The building was known locally as Park House.


At some point while convalescing in England  Andrew married Jessie Ettrick Clarke.

It’s possible that Jessie was a local girl who he knew before coming to Australia as she came from the same area of Edinburgh, Jessie was living at 36 St. Patrick square and Andrew’s family was living at 21 St James square.



Andrew was discharged  in England on the 6th November 1917 and after his discharge returned to Scotland.

Andrew must have had a yearning to return to Australia and  in 1921 his known address was 31 Bank St North Sydney and he and Jessie later moving to Greenwich until his sudden death in 1932.

Andrew died on the 25th October 1932 and was cremated at the Presbyterian cemetery Northern Suburbs now known as  Macquarie Park – Ryde ( Pbn G11, 0018.)

The following family notice appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 26th October 1932, and indicated that Andrew and Jessie had children.

“BURGESS-The Relatives and FRIENDS of Mrs JESSIE BURGESS and FAMILY of 21 Innes Rd Greenwich are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved HUSBAND and their FATHER Andrew to leave our Funeral Parlours 204 Pacific Highway Crows Nest THIS Wednesday AFTERNOON at 1. 45 o clock for the Presbyterian Cemetery Northern Suburbs”– Family Notices SMH 1932