CFHS code : PL430 and PL431

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : War Grave Commission headstone 20732 Pte A BURLINGHAM Suffolk Regt 24 Aug 1916 age 29

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon: 52.202341, 0.13679991 – click here for location

Amos Burlingham grave
Amos Burlingham CWWG headstone


Commonwealth War Grave headstone in the parish area of St Paul, adjacent to family headstone now fallen, located to the east of the western path, close to the boundary line with St Ben’e’t. (The family headstone is indecipherable; the inscription given below is derived from that of the Cambridgeshire Family History Society.)


[regimental badge]
‛A. Burlingham
Suffolk Regiment
24th August 1916 age 29’

[Family grave:]
‛In loving memory of Amos Burlingham
died of wounds 24 August 1916
in Western Military Hospital Whalley aged 29 years’

Amos Burlingham (1886-1916)

Amos was born on 7 December 1886 in Attleborough, Norfolk.  He was one of two sons born to Benjamin Burlingham (1844‒91) and his second wife, Ellen Burlingham (née Saunders) (1854‒1926).  He was baptised on 6 March 1887 in Snetterton, Norfolk.  In 1891 the family, including Amos’s widowed maternal grandmother Mary Saunders (née Mansfield), were living in Blacksmith Lane, Snetterton.  Amos’s father was working as an agricultural labourer.  His father died in 1891 and by that time the family were living in 7 Bermuda Road, Cambridge.  Amos was working as an errand boy aged 14 and his elder brother, Jacob, aged 16, was working as a grocer’s porter.  By 1911 his mother was working as a domestic cook and he was working as a servant in the kitchen department of one of the colleges.

St George's Chapel Memorial in Ely Cathedral
St George’s Chapel Memorial in Ely Cathedral

Amos married Frances Elizabeth Tingey (1890‒1974), domestic servant of 54 Bradmore Street, on 26 December 1912 at St Paul’s Church, Cambridge.  They had two children: Rosa K (b 1915); and Arthur (b 1916), both of whom died in infancy.  After Amos’s death in 1916, Frances eventually remarried and had a son, who survived.

Amos enlisted as Private 20732 in the Suffolk Regiment.  He had probably fought in the Battle of the Somme, been wounded and then transported back to England.  He died of wounds in the Western Military Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire.  Amos was buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge on 24 August 1916 with a Commonwealth War Grave headstone, which is placed within the kerb stones of his family’s grave, on the headstone of which he is also commemorated.  His name was recorded on the memorial in the Cambridge Guildhall and in St George’s Chapel in Ely Cathedral (see illustration).

29 Cockburn Street
29 Cockburn Street

(Notice in Cambridge Independent Press, 23 August 1918:)

BURLINGHAM. – In loving memory of Pte. A. Burlingham, who died August 24th, 1916, aged 29 years.
Friends may think that I forget thee
When at times they see me smile,
But they little know the sorrow
That the smile hides all the while.
– From his loving Wife and Friends, 29, Cockburn street,

War Graves Photographic Project
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England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar 1858 – 1966
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Web: International, Find a Grave Index
St Paul’s Church, Cambridge, marriage register
St Paul’s Church, Cambridge, grave register
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 23 August 1918

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Amos Burlingham