Memorial: Downend - Christ Church
Regiment: Mercantile Marine
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
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.