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Private Thomas Burns

2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Service No: 7310

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Born / Resided

Shankill, Belfast, Co.Antrim / 15 Whifflet St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 25/04/1915

Enlisted

Belfast 1914

Employed

Rosehall Colliery

Age

34

Buried / Remembered

Ypres ( Menin Gate ), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

Thomas was Killed in Action when the 2nd Battalion was rushed forward on 23 April 1915 to stem the German breakthrough after the first gas attack of the War. The Dublins then went into the line at Mousetrap Farm. Also remembered on the St Marys Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photo for Patricks name on the Menin Gate Memorial

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