Burmester, Charles Mansel (1875-1918)

Charles Mansel Burmester, Vancouver Province, November 8, 1918, page 18

Charles Mansel Burmester, Vancouver Province, November 8, 1918, page 18

Charles Mansel Burmester was a financial broker. He lived at 2037 Pendrell Street in 1911.

He was born on October 23, 1875, in London, England. His father was Walter Stewart Burmester; his mother was Florence Augusta Baglehole.

Charles went to Dulwich College and later attended Scoones’ College for Diplomatic Service. William Baptiste Scoone (1838-1906) was a well-known coach or “crammer” for civil servants and diplomats.

In 1898, Charles became a private secretary to the director general of Nord-deutscher-Lloyd Steamship Co., Bremen, Germany. In 1899, he was a trooper with the 58th Company, 15th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, in the Boer War, 1899. He was awarded the Queen’s medal with four clasps. In 1905, he was the chief clerk in the prime minister’s office in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (According to one source, in 1901 he acted as Clerk to the Secretary of the Orange River Colony Administration, and as Clerk to the Colonial Secretary in 1902; acted as Chief Clerk in 1904, and again in 1905.)

On June 18, 1904, in Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa, he married Mabel Mary Bickley.

Marriage Register, Charles Mansel Burmester and Mabel Mary Bickley, June 18, 1904, Saint Boniface Church, Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-23578-4786-97?cc=1468076&wc=MCMX-1WG:44975801,52325201,55036801,55193701

Marriage Register, Charles Mansel Burmester and Mabel Mary Bickley, June 18, 1904, Saint Boniface Church, Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-23578-4786-97?cc=1468076&wc=MCMX-1WG:44975801,52325201,55036801,55193701

In 1909, he came to British Columbia, where he began working with the financial brokerage firm of Ward, Burmester and Von Graevenitz. Their offices were at 411 West Pender Street. His recreations were shooting, fishing, and riding. He was also a director of British Columbia Homes Trust Co. Ltd. The actor Boris Karloff, (who was born William Henry Pratt), apparently worked briefly with Ward, Burmester and Von Gravenitz. (By 1912, the firm was called Palmer, Burmester and von Graevenitz Limited.)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1912, Part 2, page 1092

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1912, Part 2, page 1092

In 1911, Mabel petitioned the English court for a divorce from Charles. The newspaper reports and the court’s decision described Mabel’s allegations of Charles’s unpleasant and apparently adulterous behavior. He had been living with a woman in the Beaufort Mansions in Chelsea, London.

Beaufort Mansions - Chelsea - Postcard; http://www.exciting.org.uk/postcards/chelsea/g-m/johns/03511.jpg

Beaufort Mansions – Chelsea – Postcard; http://www.exciting.org.uk/postcards/chelsea/g-m/johns/03511.jpg

The court granted the divorce. On June 2, 1913, in Vancouver, Charles married Adolphine Sidonie Josephine Sicot (who was presumably the “Little Woman” from the divorce case). She was born about 1889 in France. Her parents were Louis Sicot and Marie Menard.

On September 23, 1914, Charles enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was wounded in action in France, and he died on October 8, 1918. He was buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery in Aisne, France.

Charles and Mabel had one daughter.

Charles had a sister named Mabel Ethel Burmester. She was born in 1874 in Brixton, Surrey. She married Abel William Whittle. In 1928, Mabel was still administering the estate of her brother, Charles.

 

Phyllis Marjory Burmester (daughter of Charles Burmester)

Phyllis Marjory Burmester was born in the Orange Free State, South Africa, in October 1907 (although one source gives her birth year as 1909).

She married a Mr. Scott and a Mr. Watson. It appears that she was divorced from both of these husbands.

In 1944, she married Edward Douglas Durham Inglis in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa. He was born about 1892.

 

Sources

Walter Stewart Burmester (father of Charles Mansel Burmester)

“India, Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGQ3-15H : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter Stewart Burmester, 20 Feb 1851; citing CHR CAWNPORE BENGAL INDIA, reference ; FHL microfilm 498989.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2DGQ-ZY3 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter Stewart Burmester, 1873; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=52525959&d=bmd_1402349149.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ72-L8R : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, Surrey, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ72-L8T : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Florence A Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, Surrey, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/Q918-Q3Z : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter S Burmester, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 12, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/Q918-WW2 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Florence A Burmester, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 12, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9C9-SYB : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9C9-SY1 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Florence A Burmester, Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XWQ8-3Q9 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter Stewart Burmester, Bournemouth, Southbourne Christchurch, Hampshire, England; citing “1911 England and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

 

Charles Mansel Burmester

Dulwich College, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulwich_College

Charles Mansel Burmester, Dulwich College Register, page 247-248, http://distantcousin.com/Yearbooks/UK/Dulwich/Dulwich_Alum/B.html; http://distantcousin.com/Yearbooks/UK/Dulwich/Dulwich_Alum/Pages.asp?Page=248.

William Baptiste Scoones, (1838-1906) http://www.gencircles.com/users/murraymr/1/data/1]

FreeBMD Marriages, William Baptiste Scoones and Harriet Marila [sic: Martha] Key, March quarter 1862, Richmond South, volume 2a, page 260, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=33378520&d=bmd_1402349149

Charles Mansel Burmester, The Anglo-African Who’s Who and Biographical Sketchbook, 1907, Walter H. Wills, Jeppestown Press, 2006, reprint of 1907 edition; pages 55 and 56, http://books.google.ca/books?id=HsSpvNOr7SEC&dq=charles+mansel+burmester&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Charles Mansel Burmester, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 124.

Divorce Court File: 2232. Appellant: Mabel Mary Burmester. Respondent: Charles Mansel Burmester. Type: Wife’s petition for divorce, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C8005507.

The Other Woman: Wife’s Discovery of a Love Letter, London Standard, June 25, 1912, page 12, http://newspaperarchive.com/uk/middlesex/london/london-standard/1912/06-25/page-12.

“. . .Mrs. Mabel Mary Burmester, of Cromwell road, S.W., asked to have her marriage dissolved on the grounds of the alleged cruelty and misconduct of her husband, Mr. Charles Mansell Burmester, a financial agent. There was no defence.  Mr. Bayford (who appeared for the petitioner) said that the marriage took place in June, 1904, in South Africa, the petitioner being only 18 years of age. . . . In 1910 they went to Vancouver. The following year Mr. Burmester came to England, and after some time returned to Vancouver, but she persuaded him to return. They only lived together a fortnight when he treated her with cruelty. One day the wife got a parcel from the post office addressed to her husband, and on it was the address of the sender, “Mrs. Burmester, Beaufort-mansions, Chelsea.” Her husband having been in England for a considerable period just previously the wife searched and found a number of letters from this woman to her husband. The petitioner, in the box, said that she was married at Germiston, South Africa, and afterwards lived at Bloemfontein. Her husband used to have fits of violent temper. Once he threw a lighted candle at her, and had hit her with his fist. One of the letters the witness found from the other woman read: ‘My darling boy, I so long for news of you. It seems so long since I have seen you and have not kissed you. Now, Mansell, you must promise to come back to me. Swear that you will, for I love you. My heart belongs to you. If your conscience tells you to return to her [the wife] for the sake of your child, don’t think of me. I will sacrifice myself, for you ought to be happy with your kid. I am miserable through my own fault, for you told me you were married. With my sweetest caresses I kiss you on your handsome eyes. Your Little Woman.’ Evidence having been given of the marriage in South Africa, a decree nisi was granted.”

YOUR LITTLE WOMAN. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLIX, Issue 15068, 10 August 1912, Page 2, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=NZH19120810.2.134: “YOUR LITTLE WOMAN. WIFE DISCOVERS SECRET LETTERS. Engaged at the age of 15 and married at 18 to a gentleman who served with the Yeomanry in the South African War, a wife described in the Divorce Court the discovery of love letters written to her husband by another woman. Petitioner, Mrs. Mabel Mary Burmester, of Cromwell Road, Kensington, asked for the dissolution of her marriage with Charles Mansell Burmester, on the ground of his cruelty and misconduct. Mr. Bayford, for petitioner, said that the marriage took place at Germiston, South Africa, in 1904. Mrs. Burmester was then aged 18. and had made the acquaintance of respondent in 1900, when he was out with the Yeomanry during the war. After the marriage petitioner discovered that her husband was a man of violent temper, and on several occasions he used most violent language, and assaulted her. In 1911 they were living in Vancouver, respondent having business there and in London. In March of that year respondent paid a visit to London, and when he returned he declined at first to live with his wife. Ultimately he did return to her, but only for about 10 days. About this time a parcel arrived for him, which petitioner discovered came from a lady in London. This made her suspicious, and in his desk she found a number of letters, which showed that while in London he had lived with a woman as his wife at Beaufort Mansions, Chelsea. Mrs. Burmester, in evidence, said that in June, 1907, her husband flung a candle at her. One evening, while they were at Vancouver, a dispute arose about the temperature of the water in which she was bathing the child, and her husband threw a sponge full of water at her. One of the letters she found in his desk contained the following passages: — “My Darling Boy,—I so long for news from you. It seems so long to me since I have seen you, and have not kissed you. . . . Now, Mansell, you must promise to come back to me. Swear that you will, for I love you. My heart belongs to you. If your conscience tells you to return to her (the wife) for the sake of your child, don’t think of me. I will sacrifice myself, for you ought to be happy with your kid. I am miserable through my own fault, for you told me you were married. With my sweetest caress I kiss you on your handsome eyes.—Your Little Woman.” After other evidence, petitioner was granted a decree nisi.”

Charles Mansel Burmester, Who’s Who and Why, 1916, page 103, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/103/mode/1up

Charles Mansel Burmester, Geni.com; http://www.geni.com/people/Charles-Mansel-Burmester/6000000008881290295.

Boris Karloff in British Columbia, By Greg Nesteroff, http://www.bchistory.ca/awards/article/Nesteroff.pdf: Boris Karloff, (born William Henry Pratt), worked with the firm of Ward Burmester and Von Gravenitz.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ72-L8B : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Charles M Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, Surrey, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

Burmester v. Burmester [1913] Probate Division 76: has facts of marriage and divorce.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZJ-KLD : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Charles Mansel Burmester and Adolphine Sidonie Josephine Sicot, 02 Jun 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983705.

Imperial Canadian reservists for the South Wales Borderers 1914, http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=127158

Charles Mansel Burmester, http://twgpp.org/information.php?id=3144620

Captain Charles Mansel Burmester, Canadian Great War Project, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=11398;

Charles Mansel Burmester, Canadian Virtual War Memorial, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/237994

Charles Mansel Burmester, Masonic Great War Project, http://www.masonicgreatwarproject.org.uk/writeup.php?string=425.

Captain Charles Mansel Burmester, The South Wales Borderers, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/details/C1075160?descriptiontype=Full&ref=WO+339/21243; Reference: WO 339/21243.

C.M. Burmester, South African War Graves, http://www.southafricawargraves.org/search/view-paginated.php?page=1&regiment=872&locality=4.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 56486131, Capt Charles Mansel Burmester, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56486131.

Times (London), November 27, 1918, page 4, issue 41958, column c, deaths: “Captain Charles Mansel Burmester, South Wales Borderers, attached to King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, who died of wounds in France on October 8, was born in 1875. He was the son of the late W.L. Burmester, later of the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, grandson of Captain Henry Garden Burmester, killed in the Indian Mutiny, great-grandson of Colonel Forster, C.B., who raised and commander the Shekhawattee Brigade, now the Shekhawattee Regiment (13th Rajputs), and of Charles Burmester, of Weston Lodge, Penyard, near Ross-on-Wye. Captain Burmester was educated at Dulwich College, where he was head of the Modern VIth. in 1894 and shot in the VIII. in 1892, 1893, and 1894. He served as correspondence clerk in the North-German Lloyd at Bremen from 1897 to 1899, and for his services in the Sought African Way was awarded the Queen’s medal with four bars. He worked under Lord Milner in the Colonial Secretary’s office of the Orange River Colony from 1902 to 1907, and under the Boer Government until 1909, when he went to British Columbia and founded and edited the Old Country Man of Vancouver, B.C. He enlisted in 1914 in the Tyrone Regiment of the Ulster Forces, and again in August, 1914, in the 18th Canadian Highlanders, being commissioned as lieutenant in the following December, and promoted captain in February, 1915. Captain Burmester, who was the author of ‘The Log of an Overseasman,” was president of the Bloemfontein Rifle Club in 1904 and won the first Century Medal in 1905.’”

“Capt. Burmester Dies From Wounds,” Vancouver Province, November 8, 1918, page 18: “Word has been received that Capt. C.M. Burmester of this city died from wounds on October 8 in Field Ambulance No. 141, France. Capt. Burmester was well known in Vancouver and also known to practically all North Shore residents, as he was prominently identified with much of the development of that section. He left Vancouver in September, 1914, with the first contingent of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders and while in England transferred to the 3rd South Wales Borderers. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, who resides in North Vancouver, and his mother, daughter, and a sister, in England. He was born in Tulse Hill, London, England, in 1875, and was educated at Dulwich College. He was a veteran of the South African war and came to Canada in 1909, locating in this city, where he was a partner in the firm of Ward, Burmester & von Gravenitz.”

Sicot/Burmester Residence, 621 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, (built 1912), http://www.historicplaces.ca/fr/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=6335.

Re Charles Mansel Burmester, Deceased, notice to file claims, London Gazette, January 31, 1928, page 724, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33352/page/724/data.pdf: “724 THE LONDON GAZETTE, 31 JANUARY, 1928.: Re CHARLES MANSEL BURMESTER, Deceased. Pursuant to the Trustee Act, 1925. ALL persons having claims against the estate of Charles Mansel Burmester, late of Hazeldean, Cassio-road, Watford, in the county of Herts, and of North Vancouver, British Columbia, a Captain in the 3rd South Wales Borderers (who died on the 8th day of October, 1918, and whose will was proved by Mabel Ethel Whittle, the sole executrix therein named, on the 9th day of January, 1919, in the Principal Probate Registry), are required to send particulars, thereof, in writing, to the undersigned, on or before the 30th day of April next, after which date the executrix will proceed to distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which she shall then have had notice.—Dated this 25th day of January, 1928. C. G. SCOTT SON and PRYCE, 35, New Broad-street, London, E.G. 2, Solicitors for (138) the said Executrix.”

 

Mabel Ethel Burmester (sister of Charles Mansel Burmester)

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2XZH-TTT : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel Ethel Burmester, 1874.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ72-L8Y : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel E Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, Surrey, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9C9-SBM : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel E Burmester, Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/263C-ZR1 : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel Ethel Burmester, 1902.

London Standard,  January 8, 1902, page 1, http://newspaperarchive.com/uk/middlesex/london/london-standard/1902/01-08/: “Whittle—Burmester – On the 6th January , at All Saints’ Church, Battersea Park, S.W., by the Rev. G. Harcourt, vicar, Abel William Whittle, late of Sherborne, Dorset, to Mabel Ethel Burmester, only daughter of W.S. Burmester, late 103rd R.E. Fusiliers, and of Norwood, No cards.”

Northam Monumental Incriptions, Tomb numbers Z2 S9 to Zzc 9, http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/Northam/MonumentalInscriptions/MI-Inscriptions.Z.html, In Loving Memory Of Abel William Whittle, Beloved Husband Of Mabel Ethel Whittle, 1866 – 1938

 

Phyllis Margery Burmester (daughter of Charles Mansel Burmester)

“Canada Census, 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MGRN : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Phyllis Margery Barmester in entry for Charles Mansel Barmester, 1911.

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDCR-8W8 : accessed 06 Aug 2014), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Maria Potter Calder, 26 Jul 1915; citing Durban, Natal, South Africa; 02854; 1795574.

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDCB-WB7 : accessed 06 Aug 2014), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Maria Potter Calder, 26 Jul 1915; citing Durban, Natal, South Africa; 00784; 1796225.

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDZ9-BN5 : accessed 06 Aug 2014), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Phyllis Margery Burmester Scott Watson, 09 Oct 1944; citing Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa; 01999; 1938581.

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