The Burgon family tree will be on display at the Berwick Family History Day on the 16th April in the Town Hall but more on that later. For now, it is over to Linda and her article concerning Burgon family connections with fishing, the Berwick Lifeboat, and in particular the heroic actions of coxswain William Burgon and his crew in 1902.
GREENSES FAMILIES by Linda Bankier
Berwickshire News, 3rd June 1902
Linda Bankier, Berwick Record Office
William Burgon the lighthouse keeper at Berwick, and late Coxswain of the Berwick lifeboat, has died at the age of 63 years.
His bravest deed was when he rescued nine men from the barque Demetria in a storm off Berwick after twelve hours dangerous experience. The flag of the Demetria is to be buried with him, and his coffin carried to the grave by those comrades who sailed with him on that memorable day.
William was not the only member of the Burgon family to serve as Coxswain in the Berwick Lifeboat. Robert Burgon (also known as Bluey) served in this capacity for 14 years, retiring from the service in 1919. The notice in the paper makes fascinating reading, not just on the life and career of Robert, but also gives a lot of background into the fishing families of Berwick Greenses.
Robert sadly drowned along with two other fishermen, when on 24th March 1927 their boat ‘Lerwick’ became swamped on Berwick Bar at the mouth of the harbour. His body was discovered washed up on Spital beach three days later on 27th March, by salmon fisherman Eneas Wood.
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Family History Day April 16th at Berwick Town Hall.
Come and say hello at Berwick Townhall on the 16th April!
There is a great line-up of talks, and lots of exhibitors on hand to give help and advice. There are also two guided tours, kicking off with Ravensdowne on the Friday, more details and times to follow.
The free 1-2-1 session with an expert (of which I am one) is a great way to get some pointers in your #familyhistory research - you may even be allocated to me! But be warned, these sessions are very popular so you will definitely need to book in advance!
If you are interested in the Burgon family tree, would like to know more, or book a 1-2-1 session with an expert, please contact us here.
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