Burtenshaw, Albert Edward


War Service:

Driver 53525 ALBERT EDWARD BURTENSHAW of ‘L’ Battery, Royal Horse Artillery was killed in action on 1st September 1914.

‘The Affair at Nery’, as it came to be called, was a classic encounter battle. The German 4th Cavalry Division in pursuit of the British Expeditionary Force during its retreat from Mons, reached the outskirts of Nery late on 31st August where the British 1st Cavalry Brigade including ‘L Battery’ RHA were bivouacked under orders to resume their march at 0430 hours next day,1 September. That morning there was thick mist and neither side was aware of the presence of the other until a British cavalry patrol came upon the enemy. In the ensuing fight 'L' battery was virtually destroyed but as more British forces came on the scene the Germans were driven off leaving eight of their guns behind.

German casualties totaled 162 and the British 133. ‘L’ Battery lost 23 men killed and 31 wounded, and 150 of its 228 horses. Three Victoria Crosses were won by members of ‘L’ Battery for their courage in keeping the guns in action under heavy fire.

He is buried in Nery Communal Cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial in Eastbourne and in the church of St Andrew in Brockley.

He was born in Eastbourne in 1890.


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