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Service No:
Date of Death:
Border Regiment
6th Bn.

Medal Card states 7th Battalion Border Regiment
Grave Reference
XLV. D. 13.

Additional Information:

Only son of Mrs. J. A. Burgess, of Gatelands Farm, Morland, Penrith, Westmorland.

Born Langwathby Cumberland

Enlisted Appleby Westmorland Sept 1914

Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 25. 

Born Langwathby, enlisted September 1914 in Appleby, resident Penrith. 

Only son of Mrs. J. A. Burgess, of Gatelands Farm, Morland, Penrith, Westmorland. 

In the 1911 census he was a stepson of William and Jane Ann Burgess, aged 18, farmer's son working on farm, born Langwathby, Cumberland, resident Gatelands, Morland.

Additional Information:Only son of Mrs. J. A. Burgess, of Gatelands Farm, Morland, Penrith, Westmorland. Enlisted Sept., 1914. Victory medal and British War medal

Private John Threlkeld, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment, Service Number t5732.

Born 1892 in Langwathby. Birth registered in Jul/Aug/Sep of that year.

Son of Mrs Jane Ann Burgess of Gatelands Farm, Morland.

(Jane Ann married William Burgess in 1896 but no details as to whether William was

John's father)

1901 Census

Family living at Gatelands, Morland 

William Threlkeld b.1841  Kirkoswald, farmer, widower, head of the house

William Burgess b.1865 Leverton, Lincolnshire,  son in law,

Jane Ann Burgess b.1868 Langwathby, daughter

John Threlkeld b.1893 Langwathby, grand-son

Mary Violet Burgess b.1897  Langwathby grand-daughter

1911 Census 

Family still living at Gatelands, Morland

William Threlkeld not recorded on the census presumably had died between census dates

William Burgess, Jane Ann Burgess, lohn Threlkeld and Mary Violet Burgess all shown on

the census.

John is listed as William's step-son and is working on the family farm.

He spent time in Canada and California- possibly travelling out to St John N.B. On 27th March 1912 from Liverpool on the Grampian

23 Sep 1914

Enlistment into the army at Appleby, Service Number 15732. Age given as 22 years and 6


Height 5' 6 and a half inches, Hazel eyes, medium brown hair. Unmarried. Religion -

Church of England

Next of kin - Mrs Burgess, Morland Field, Penrith - mother.

4 Oct 1917

Killed in action whilst serving with 6th Battalion, Border Regiment.

Service record notes items of private property were - 1Wallet, 6 photos, 1 Card, 1

Registered Envelope and these were returned to his mother Mrs Jane Burgess, Bridge End, Murton, Appleby, Westmorland.

John is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Poelcapelle

British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. 

Grave Reference - XLV. D.13

Herald 27th October 1917

Mrs Burgess, Murton Appleby late of Morland has heard her only son Private John Threlkeld was killed in action on 4th October.

His Sergeant Major wrote 'small comfort that he died without pain and was buried where he fell marked with a wooden cross'. He enlisted on 24th September 1914, felt it was his duty to enlist. He was sent to France in September 1915 and severely wounded at Delville Wood on 6th August 1916.He went again to France in September. He had spent time in Canada and California. He was remembered at Murton church that Sunday

Cumberland News info about wounded and article 25/8/16 p. 5c in general article

Photo Courtesy of British War Graves