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William Busby McBurney/ McBirney

Rank: Sapper
Street: 36 Mountcollyer Avenue
Town/Village: Belfast
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Park Place, Colehill, Co. Longford; 46 Fife Street, Shore Road, Belfast; 52 Cosgrove Street, Belfast;
Census 1901: Resident at Donegal Road Belfast
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Engineers, Training Centre (Newark), 12th Ulster Division; [Royal Engineers Field Company]
Regiment Number: 57696
Date of Death: 21-04-1917
Cause: Illness, Leeds Hospital
Memorial: Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery, Yorkshire

William was born 28 October 1875 in Park Place, Colehill, Co. Longford, where William's father worked as a gardener. The family then moved to Belfast, where he worked as a plumber gas-fitter, and later a tinsmith. He married Martha Young in Belfast in December 1900. They had three children: William, James and Lucinda.

Spr McBurney enlisted in December 1914 and went to the front in France in July 1916, where he remained for six months, before being transferred to Newark. During his time in France, at Armentieres, he reportedly became ill, and at one point began bleeding profusely when lifting a pontoon. He was returned to hospital in England by January 1917, but sadly passed away Chronic Nephritis, which is a kidney disease.*

William's brother John, also died in WW1.

Parents Names: Son of John Neil McBurney and Sarah* (née Busby), Park Place, Co. Longford.
Notes: *William was hospitalised for thrombosis of the basilar artery in January to February 1917. He passed away from Old Hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body) Chronic Nephritis & Anaemia. **Mother's name is given as Susan in the birth register

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of birth; link to Will

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