John Harrison Burns

Rank:Police ConsableNumber:1974
How Died:Land Mine
Incident Date:23/12/1940
Incident Address.East Union Street - Police Station
Died Address:East Union Street - Police Station
C.W.D. No.25
Grave Details:North-east Corner
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Finsthwaite (St. Peter's) Churchyard, Cumbria
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 27th June 1910, the birth being
registered during the September quarter 1910 in
the Ulverston R.D. - ref: 8e/684, the eldest son
of Harrison & Annie Burns (nee Ellwood) who later
resided at Hillside, Newby Bridge, Ulverston,

1911 Census - Ivy Lodge, Grange over Sands,
Lancashire.   Son - aged: 9 months - born:
Cartmel, Lancashire.    Head of Household -
Harrison Burns - Married - aged: 24 - occ:
Gardener (Domestic) - born: Bolton, Lancashire. 
Also his wife - Annie Burns - aged: 21 - born:
Hawkshead, Lancashire.

One of six Police Officers killed when a Land Mine
fell onto the East Union Street Police Station,
Old Trafford  on the first night of the Manchester
Christmas Blitz.    Four were killed instantly -
two died a few days later.

His address was given as 45 Broadgate, Preston,
but he was residing locally at 14 Milner Street,
Old Trafford.

1939 National Registration - "Holme Mead", Lindle
Lane, Preston.  John H. Burns - Single - born:
27th June 1910 - occ: Police Constable.  Archibald
F. Hordern - Single - born: 15th June 1889 - occ:
Chief Constable of Lancashire.  In total, 9
persons at this address, including a retired Vice
Admiral !  This was a Lancahire Constabulary

CWD Report No.25 which states that he was single
and had 13 rounds of ammunition on him.   Died as
a result of blast and falling debris, his body was
recovered at 07.30 hrs on the 23rd December 1940
and taken to the City Road Mortuary, Old Trafford
and identified by a friend - B. Spencer, to whom
the body was released for burial.

Death registered in Stretford Borough and buried
at Finsthwaite on 26/12/1940.   Commemorated on
the Stretford Constabulary Memorial, but not in
the Stretford WW2 Memorial Book.

See also the Lancashire Constabulary Roll of

Stretford (Trafford MBC)
Memorials found on:
Stretford Borough Police
Lancashire Constabulary
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