Name :- Burgess, Robert Rattray
Nationality :- UK
Age :- 36
Rank :- Aircraftman 1st Class
Number :- 994570
Service :- Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Regiment / ship :-
Date of death :- 7th January 1945
Cemetery / Memorial :- Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia
Area of cemetery / memorial :- U.A.5.
Family information :- Son of John Gow and Janet WHittet Rattray Burgess, Blairgowrie; husband of Christina Burgess, of Old Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
B. 21 Oct 1909 at 6.45 am at 67 George Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. His father John was a railway lorryman. His mother was Jessie Whittet Burgess, nee Rattray. They were married on 5 January 1906 at Clunie, Perthshire. John was present at the birth. It was registered on 9 November 1909.
When John and Jessie married, he was 30, and a parcel carman, living at Croft Cottage, Croft lane, Blairgowrie. His father was George Burgess, shoemaker (deceased), and his mother was Margaret, nee Gow. Jessie was 27, and a domestic servant, living at Cothill in the Parish of Clunie. Her father was Robert Rattray, mason, and her mother, Janet, nee Scott. Witnesses were George Burgess and Maggie S Rattray.
George Burgess died at 11.10am on 8 July 1888 at Glenericht, Blairgowrie aged 40. He was a bootmaker. He died of Angina Pectoris (Angina) of 1 ˝ days. His death was registered on 14 July in Blairgowrie. His brother, Thomas, was present at his death. George’s parents were Michael Burgess, flaxdresser, and Flora , nee Hunter. Both were deceased when George died. George’s sister, Flora Burgess, died in Blairgowrie Cottage Hospital, at 3am on 9 March 1925. She was a retired dressmaker. She had had breast cancer for 5 years. The informant was her nephew, John Burgess, of 44, William Street, Blairgowrie.
Extra information :- Robert died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Borneo.
1911 census – 67 George Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
John G Burgess, head, 34, van man (railway), b. Blairgowie, Perthshire
Jessie W Burgess, wife, 31, b. Clunie, Perthshire
George Burgess, son, 3, b. Blairgowrie
Robert R Burgess, 1, b. Blairgowrie
1901 census –
3, The Croft, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Margaret Burgess, head, widow, 49, housekeeper, b. Clunie, Perthshire
John Burgess, son, 25, railway van man, b. Blairgowrie
Maggie Burgess, daughter, 19, jute weaver, b. Blairgowrie
James Burgess, son, 18, painter’s apprentice, b. Blairgowrie
Jessie A Burgess, daughter, 16, jute weaver, b. Blairgowrie
David Burgess, son, 12, message boy, b. Blairgowrie
1891 census –
69 George Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Margaret Burgess, head, 39, widow, shoemaking business, b. Clunie
Flora H Burgess, daughter, 17, saleswoman, b. Blairgowrie
John Burgess, son, 15, tow prepman, b. Blairgowrie
George Burgess, son, 12, newspaper boy, b. Blairgowrie
Margaret Burgess, daughter, 9, b. Blairgowrie; James Burgess, son, 8, b. Blairgowrie
Jessie Ann Burgess, daughter, 6, b. Blairgowrie; David Burgess, son, 2, b. Blairgowrie
1881 census –
16 Mitchell Square, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
George Burgess, head, 30, shoemaker, b. Blairgowrie
Margaret Burgess, wife, 29, b. Clunie, Perthshire
Flora Hunter Burgess, daughter, 7, b. Blairgowrie
John Gow Burgess, son, 5, b. Blairgowrie
George Burgess, son, 2, b. Blairgowrie