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John Edgar Burch

In memory of:

Lieutenant John Edgar Burch

July 16, 1900

Pretoria, South Africa

Military Service






Royal Canadian Dragoons (1st Armoured Regiment)

Additional Information


February 8, 1874
St. Ann's, Ontario

Son of Major F.O. Burch and brother of A.L. Burch, Knox College, Toronto, Ontario. Lieutenant Burch of the 2nd Dragoons, the headquarters of which are at St. Catharine's, Ontario sailed for South Africa on the Milwaukee 21 February 1900 to join Lord Roberts' forces.

Commemorated on the St. Catharines South African War Plaque and the Watson Monument.

Commemorated on Page 6 of the South African War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


South Africa

Grave Reference:



The cemetery is located on Graaf Street, off Smit Street. Enter at the gate, go 400 m, turn right and go 100 m, The Canadian graves are on the right side.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of John Edgar Burch
  • Letter
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Daily Star for 1 September 1900.
  • Newspaper Clipping– News article from The Globe, Toronto, dated 19 July 1900 in which a war summary is provided advising of the death of Lieutenant John Edgar Burch.  The article includes a caracature of Lt. Burch.
  • Gravemarker
  • Memorial Plaque– Brass Tablet
This tablet is located at the entrance to the Royal Canadian Dragoons Headquarters at CFB Petawawa, ON.
Photo courtesy of Thomas L. Skelding
  • Inscription– Lt John Edgar Burch is commemorated on a plaque in the Lake St. Armoury, St. Catharines, ON. 

Copyright © 2017 by T.L. Skelding. Courtesy The Mounted Dragoon. Copyrighted Image. Used with Permission.
  • Inscription– Lt John Burch is commemorated on a plaque on the statue at the St. Catharines Municipal Building, St. Catharine's, ON.

Copyright © 2017 by T.L. Skelding. Courtesy of The Mounted Dragoon. Copyrighted Image. Used with Permission.

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