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James Henry Burdekin, Manchester Regiment 1 week 2 days ago #62798

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"HELPING A LADYSMITH HERO.
A successful concert was given in Mr. Redfern's large room, Foolow, on Saturday evening, for the benefit of Corporal James Henry Burdekin, 63rd Battalion Manchester Regiment. Corporal Burdekin was amongst the first to go out to the South African war from Gibraltar, where he had been for two years. He was in Ladysmith during the whole of the siege, afterwards going to Lydenburg, where his health somewhat recruited. At the close of the war his regiment went to Singapore, and it was from this place that he came home recently. His health has been impaired through the hardships he has gone through, and Dr. Lee, of Eyam, was instrumental in getting up the concert on his behalf."

Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday 14th November 1904

Foolow is a small village in the Derbyshire Peak District, east of Buxton.
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James Henry Burdekin, Manchester Regiment 1 week 1 day ago #62801

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James Burdekin was a nineteen year old labourer, who stated he had been born in Eyam, when he joined the Manchester's in September 1896, interestingly, both his appointment to Lance Corporal and his subsequent promotion, came after the awful siege had ended.
His mother Ann Burdekin lived in Foolow and Eyam is just a couple of miles away to the east, vey pretty in summer.


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"HELPING A LADYSMITH HERO.
A successful concert was given in Mr. Redfern's large room, Foolow, on Saturday evening, for the benefit of Corporal James Henry Burdekin, 63rd Battalion Manchester Regiment. Corporal Burdekin was amongst the first to go out to the South African war from Gibraltar, where he had been for two years. He was in Ladysmith during the whole of the siege, afterwards going to Lydenburg, where his health somewhat recruited. At the close of the war his regiment went to Singapore, and it was from this place that he came home recently. His health has been impaired through the hardships he has gone through, and Dr. Lee, of Eyam, was instrumental in getting up the concert on his behalf."

Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday 14th November 1904

Foolow is a small village in the Derbyshire Peak District, east of Buxton.
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James Henry Burdekin, Manchester Regiment 1 week 13 hours ago #62830

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Frank Kelley wrote: James Burdekin was a nineteen year old labourer, who stated he had been born in Eyam, when he joined the Manchester's in September 1896, interestingly, both his appointment to Lance Corporal and his subsequent promotion, came after the awful siege had ended.
His mother Ann Burdekin lived in Foolow and Eyam is just a couple of miles away to the east, very pretty in summer.


I haven't been to Foolow, but Eyam I have, and you're right, Frank, it's very pretty. It's known as "The Plague Village" and anyone visiting Eyam won't be disappointed.

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James Henry Burdekin, Manchester Regiment 6 days 3 hours ago #62836

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The whole Peak District is, without any doubt ,whatsoever, a wonderful place, but, rather bleak at this time of year and once the school holidays start, it always becomes very busy indeed with the expected traffic jams.
I wonder if Mr Redfern was actually Mr Redfearn, his "large room" is interesting, I hope it was large enough for the various extended families , who doubtless would have been in attendance upon the evening in question.

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James Henry Burdekin, Manchester Regiment 5 days 20 hours ago #62842

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From the Foolow 1891 census -

Francis Redfearn, aged 49 - Innkeeper and farmer.

Josiah Burdekin, aged 57 - Farmer.
Ann Burdekin, aged 55.
Fanny Burdekin, aged 15.
James H. Burdekin, aged 13 - Scholar. Could he have served in the Great War? Not recorded as having died in it.

There's no churchyard at Foolow, and the gravestones in Eyam churchyard seem to have been fully transcribed, there being only one Burdekin family headstone there, none of those named on it appearing in Foolow's 1891 census. I can't find any record of where the Foolow Burdekins were buried.

Edit - The death of a James Henry Burdekin was registered at Bakewell in the 4th Quarter of 1918.

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James Henry Burdekin, Manchester Regiment 5 days 16 hours ago #62843

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He died 14th December 1918, aged 41, and is buried in St Lawrence's churchyard, Eyam. I'll get a copy of his death certificate.

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