Herbert Gifford Burder (1886-1943)

Herbert Gifford Burder, was born at Beacon View, Park Street, in Loughborough on 17th March 1886. He attended Haileybury College and Loughborough Grammar School.

In 1911[1] he was living alone at Fernleigh House, Church Street, Trowbridge, describing himself as a draughtsman and engineer. Later, he became a director of the company.

Herbert married Lilian Florence Henslow (born 22nd March 1884 in Bengal, India) on 17th August 1913 in Portsmouth. Lilian was the youngest daughter of Harriet Blakeway I’Anson and Cecil William Edward Henslow.

During World War One, Herbert served with 5th Battalion of Leicestershire Regiment, reaching the rank of Captain. He was also president of the Loughborough Territorial Recruitment Committee for many years.


Messenger & Co. Ltd., Garage, Hunstanton built for Herbert Burder

By 1922[2], the family had moved to Loughborough and were living at Redholme[3], No. 184, Ashby Road.



Redholme, Ashby Road, Loughborough

During the Second World War, he was initially placed in charge of the 540-strong[4] Air Raid Precaution Wardens[5] (ARP’s) in the Borough[6]. Three years later he was promoted to Divisional Warden.

His wife, Lilian was, in early 1939, appointed local organiser for the Women’s Voluntary Service for Civil Defence, with an office at No. 17, Granby Street, Loughborough[7].

Herbert died suddenly on 22nd October 1943[8], following a game of badminton in St. Peter’s school room in Storer Street. He felt ill during the game and died before the doctor arrived.

The funeral service was held 26th October, at All Saints’ Church, where he had been a sidesman. The attendees included the Mayor and members of the Corporation, a large contingent of borough, and division wardens, members of the Civil Defence Services, Police, Special Constables and Women’s Voluntary Service. Family mourners included Mrs. Herbert Burder[9], Mrs. J. Cole[10], Mr. Eric Burder[11], Mrs. H. Nash[12], Mrs. Averay Jones[13], Mr. Raymond Burder[14], Captain E. Nash[15], Mr. Geoffery Averay Jones[16], Rev. Sir Clifford Wigram[17], Mr. Kenneth Burder[18], Miss Nash[19], Mr. Edwin Burder[20] and Mr. & Mrs. Baker[21] of Formby. The bearers were Messrs W. Harriman, G. Bradshaw, L. Stafford, T. Shillingfleet, A.T. Walsh and H. Cunningham, all employees of Messrs Messengers, together with four pall bearers, County Divisional ARP Wardens, walked on either side of the hearse. He was buried at Loughborough Cemetery, Loughborough Road.

At the time of his death he was still living at ‘Redholme’, Ashby Road. He left effects valued at £6,446 6s. 6d.

Later, his widow moved to live at Marine Court, St. Leonard’s on Sea, Suffolk and died in 1974 in Hastings.


Herbert Gifford and  Captain Patrick Gifford Burder’s graves Loughborough Cemetery

They had at least three children: –

  1. Patrick Gifford (1915-1941)

Patrick was the eldest son and born on 15th May 1915 in Portsmouth. Like his father, he was educated at Haileybury College and then Loughborough College[22]. Whilst at Loughborough he played rugby for both the College and Loughborough Town[23]. He was also a member of the College fencing team[24].

He died on 11th December 1941, in Malaysia, whilst on active service with 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and is buried[25] in the Taiping War Cemetery, Malaysia. He left an estate valued at £8,760 9s. 9d.

  1. Catherine Audrey (1916-)

Catherine, known as Judy, was born in 1916 in Portsmouth and married Captain Edward J. Cole (1917-), on 27th September 1939 at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough. He was a member of the 4th Battalion Gloster Regiment and a solicitor, living in Dolebury, Churchill, Somerset, where the couple made their home. He was the only son of Mr. Oswald John Buxton Cole, Chief Constable of Leicester and Mrs. Cole, of Broxton, Oadby, Leicestershire. He served his articles with Messrs. Harding and Bennett in Leicester and was a member of the Stoneygate Rugby Club[26].

Catherine, who was educated at the Loughborough High School, Filey, Buxton and Paris, was much travelled, especially in India. She was a keen sportswoman, especially tennis and hockey; having taken part in the Derbyshire County Hockey trails[27]. She had previously been engaged to John William Burton Marshall[28] of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, the son of Dr and Mrs. Burton Marshall, of Southwold, Suffolk[29].

  1. Sheila Gifford (1919-1926)

Sheila was born on 19th November 1919, in Portsmouth. She died aged 6, on 16th October 1926, in Loughborough and was buried, four days later, at Loughborough Cemetery, Leicester Road.


  1. Census.
  2. Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire – 1922.
  3. Redholme’ was once the home of Henry Clemerson, one-time Mayor of Loughborough and senior director of Loughborough’s department store in Market Street.
  4. The figure of 540 includes 90 reserves.
  5. Air Raid Precaution Wardens were organised by the national government and delivered by the local authorities. The aim was to protect civilians from the danger of air-raids. Their main purpose was to patrol the streets during blackout and to ensure that no light was visible.
  6. The Loughborough Echo, 13th October, 1939.
  7. The Loughborough Echo, 3rd February, 1939.
  8. The Loughborough Echo, 29th October, 1943.
  9. Wife.
  10. Daughter.
  11. Brother.
  12. Sister.
  13. Sister.
  14. Brother, who was living in Derby.
  15. Nephew.
  16. Nephew.
  17. Cousin.
  18. Cousin.
  19. Aunt
  20. Cousin.
  21. Sister and Brother-in-law.
  22. Now Loughborough University
  23. Loughborough Roll of Honour
  24. The Derby Evening Telegraph, 20th March. 1935.
  25. Plot 2, Row G, Grave 7.
  26. The Loughborough Echo, 29th September, 1943.
  27. The Loughborough Echo, 29th September, 1943.
  28. John William Burton Marshall joined the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment in Londonderry in 1936. At the outbreak of World War Two, he was at the Leicestershire Regiment Depot, then the 2/5th Battalion in France. He volunteered for the Parachute Regiment probably in 1941. He was promoted to Major on 30th January 1949. In 1950 he re-joined the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and saw service in Hong Kong and Korea. After the Korea War, he took up a M.O.D. post. He died on 9th September 1960 because of an accident whilst on holiday in County Kerry, Ireland.Information from The Royal Leicestershire Regiment
  29. The Times, 8th October, 1938.