BURNHAM, Bertram

 

Wireman P/MX 63560 HMS Tuscarora, Royal Navy

Died Monday 24th June 1940 (Age 22)

Commemorated at: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. England
Memorial Ref.: Panel 43 Column 1

Bert Burnham in training at HMS VictoryBert Burnham in training at HMS Victory

Bertram Burnham (b. 1st Q 1918) was the son of Bertram and Emma Burnham (nee Radford) of Top Row, Pye Hill, Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire. Bert had three sisters, Ellen, Doreen and Ann, and a brother named Joe

He was obviously an adept scholar, starting his education at Jacksdale Council Schools and then moving on to Heanor Technical College and later, The People’s College, Nottingham.

As a fully qualified electrician, Bert took up employment, working underground at Selston Colliery.

Bert joined the Navy in 1940, serving on the yacht HMS Tuscarora, a merchant vessel, hired by the Admiralty as an anti-submarine vessel for use between 1940 and 1945. On Monday 24th June 1940, Bert died at sea, due to an accident.

HMS Tuscarora (Courtesy Wikipedia - Ref: 20328)

HMS Tuscarora (Courtesy Wikipedia – Ref: 20328)

He is commemorated at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

Burnham family gathering l to r: Edna (nee Lane); ?; Ann; Joe; Doreen Langton (nee Burnham); Rex Langton; with Emma Burnham observing through the window.

Burnham family gathering l to r:
Edna (nee Lane); ?; Ann; Joe; Doreen Langton (nee Burnham); Rex Langton; with Emma Burnham observing through the window.

Bert's brother Joe Burnham in Royal Marines uniform

Bert’s brother Joe Burnham in Royal Marines uniform

BURNHAM B (Resized)