Location of William Burkitt's grave

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Location of William Burkitt's grave

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Album page displaying:

- Letter from War Office dated 10 August 1945, to William Burkitt's mother, confirming to her that he had been buried in a cemetery near Brussels.

- A letter from the Air Ministry dated 6 April 1948, forwarded with two photographs, one of a row of white crosses, the second of an individual cross marking his grave, and informing her of the plot location of William's grave in Brussels (Evere) Communal Cemetery.

Date

1945-08-10
1948-04-06

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Two printed letters, two b/w photographs on an album page

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IBCC Digital Archive

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PBurkittWF17010005

Transcription

Victoria 1244, Extn. 624.

[crest] The War Office. (AG.13).,
32 Grosvenor Gardens,
London, S.W.1.

NMF/4266/AG.13. 10th August, 1945.

Dear Madam,

Further to my letter to you of 10th July, 1945, the Graves Registration Services in Belgium report that a German Burial Party deposited an “authority for burial” with the cemetery office at the time of the burial of your son, Serjeant [sic] W.F. Burkitt, Royal Air Force. This document has been inspected and it states that “Burkitt, an English Flyer, died at Lembeck, Brussels, on the 22nd March 1944, and was to be buried at Evere on the 24th”. At the bottom of the sheet appears:-

ERK-MK (Erkennung Marke, which means: Regimental details)

1320846
CE
RAF
Burkitt
W.

This would indicate that the identity of the body had been taken from a standard R.A.F. disc.

The Graves Services in Belgium confirm that Sjt [sic] Burkitt's grave is Plot 10, Row 17, Grave No: 14 in Brussels (Evere) Cemetery.

Yours faithfully,

WC Turner Staff Capt

Director,

Graves Registration and Enquiries.

Mrs. M.E. Burkitt,
29 Raleigh Road,
Hornsey, N.8.

GEC.

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[Air Ministry letterhead and crest]

[inserted] Sloane 3467 [/inserted]

AIR MINISTRY
[inserted] 2, Seville Street, [/inserted]
LONDON, S.W.1.

[inserted] 6th April, 1948.

P.415042/44/S.14.Cas.A.3. [/inserted]

Madam,

I am directed to forward for your retention photographs of the grave of your son Sergeant W.F. Burkitt, who is buried in Brussels (Evere) Communal Cemetery, Belgium, Grave No. 14, Row 17, Plot 10.

Citation

Great Britain. War Office and Great Britain. Air Ministry, “Location of William Burkitt's grave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 19, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19608.

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