Friday, June 10, 2011
Burbush Brothers - Palmerston North Memorial
His two brothers Frank Alan and Rob Roy McGregor Burbush followed shortly after their brother David's death embarking on the 9 October 1915 with the 7th Reinforcements. They both survived the war.
Lastly George Edgar Burbush embarked on the 12 June 1917 and sadly died of his wounds on the 27 October 1918 most likely at Quesnoy and only days away from the end of the war. He was 22 years old. He is buried along with 19 other New Zealand soldiers in the pretty Vertigneul Churchyard in Romeries.
The Burbush family certainly contributed greatly to New Zealand's war effort sending four sons to fight with only two returning safely.
The Burbush brothers represented the earliest pioneers of New Zealand. I found a newspaper entry which mentioned that the brothers were the great-grandsons of John Kerr of Murchison in the South Island the man who claimed to have first driven a plough in the soil of the South Island.
I have wondered what the Burbush brothers connection was with Palmerston North was. Does anyone know?