Thomas Burnett

Memorial: Downend - Christ Church

Regiment: Mercantile Marine

Medals: British War Medal, Mercantile Marine War Medal (1914-1918), Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921

Rank and number: 2nd Butcher (Able Seaman on memorial) Dis. A number 931472

Parents: Philip and Margaret Burnett (nee Cochrane)

Marital status: Single

Home address: Home Address: Suffolk House, Staple Hill, Bristol (road unknown) Lived: 1911 Census – 105 Nags Head Hill, St. George, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Butcher

Date of birth: 23/06/1889

Place of birth: South Molton, Devon

Date of death: 08/10/1918

Buried/Commemorated at: No Known Grave – Buried at sea

Age: 29

Further information:

Thomas was serving on HMAT Demosthenes, which was a ocean liner, used in the war by the Australian Navy as a troop ship. Thomas was serving as a butcher on the ship, and he is recorded on the Merchant Navy identification card as a Ships Butcher. The Dis .A number is a discharge number issued to each sailor and is in effect a service number. His home address and rank are recorded on the 'Deaths at Sea' register.

Thomas died on 8/10/1918 (Influenza and Bronchitis).

Thomas's parents are buried in the Kingswood Holy Trinity churchyard, and Thomas's name is also recorded on the gravestone.

Thomas is commemorated on the Christ church Downend memorial and the Staple Hill (Page Park) memorial.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Findmypast (Soldiers Died during the Great War, 1901 & 1911 Census etc), Researcher John Davis.