The Tank Museum | The Passing of Charlie Burgess

The Passing of Charlie Burgess

We are sad to announce the passing of Charlie Burgess

13th June 2019

The Tank Museum is sad to announce the passing of Second World War Veteran Charlie Burgess.  Charlie features in the Museum’s Long After the Battle exhibition. 

He fought with the 8th King's Royal Irish HussarsCharlie Burgess_006_EDIT through the North-West Europe campaign 1944-45 and witnessed the destruction of British tanks by Tiger ace Michael Wittman at Villers-Bocage.

Charlie was brought up in the East end of London and joined the Army in November 1940 as a 16 year old, initially serving in the Suffolk Regiment. He then transferred to the Westminster Dragoons where he learnt to drive Covenanter tanks, before going into action in Cromwells, Challenger A30s and Comets.

As part of the Museum’s veteran interview programme, Charlie was interviewed in July 2017 about his Second World War service.  

“I had a lovely crew. I’d go with them tomorrow. The five of us.  We were together there training, we was together when we landed, and, until we got knocked out, we was together up ‘til we got to Holland. So we was a family. We was - I’ll tell you their names: Lem Wilson, Bill Connor, Ginger Morgan, Jim Smith, and me. We was a family”. 

Long After the Battle is a preview exhibition and will be on display until Autumn 2020.