William A. Burgess

William A. Burgess was born on Oct. 13, 1897, between January-May, to John and Minnie Burgess of New York City, NY.  The family lived on 790 Ninth Avenue and W. 53rd street. His father John was a piano maker while his mother stayed home to take care of his sister Theresa, his younger brother Frank, and himself. The children most likely went to Grammar School No. 58, now known as P.S. 36, which at the time was just down the street from their apartment. In late 1910 the family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey. That same year, William’s sister Ruth was born.

On June 26th, 1916, William signed up for the Army, part of the American Expeditionary Forces. After basic training, William joined the 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division and was shipped off to Brest, France in June of 1918. By late September, Burgess’s Regiment departed for the Argonne Front as part of the Grand Offensive, and more specifically, the Meuse-Argonne offensive. It was the bloodiest AEF operation of WWI. On October 16th, 1918, during the Battle of Montfaucon (October 4th-17th) PFC Burgess was killed. He was buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. 


  1. New York, State Census, 1905 for John Burgess (father)
  2. 1910 United States Federal Census for John Burgess
  3. 1920 United States Federal Census for Minnie Burgess (mother)
  4. Mrs. Minnie Burgess in the U.S. World War Mothers' Pilgrimage, 1930


  1. New Jersey, State Census, 1915

American Battle Monuments Commission

  1. William A. Burgess

New Jersey State Archives Searchable Database

  1. World War I Casualties: Descriptive Cards and Photographs - William A. Burgess
  2. William A. Burgess - Photo

italiangen.org website

  1. Birth - William A. Burges


  1. Pages from "History of the Twenty-Ninth Division 'Blue and Gray', 1917-1919"

Find A Grave Website

  1. Pvt William A. Burgess