Thomas Luther Burt EM

b. 19/10/1878 Paddington, London. d. 28/11/1952 St Albans, Hertfordshire.

DATE OF EM ACTION: 13/02/1917 Watford, Hertfordshire.

Thomas was the youngest of three sons born to John Luther and Hannah Maria Burt (nee Peake) on 19th October 1878. His siblings were called George Henry and William. On 26th March 1900 Thomas married Annie Fox at Emmanuel Church, Paddington, London, and they had a son, Thomas Edward Burt in 1901. By this time, Thomas had joined the Police and was based in Hitchin soon after his marriage. During World War I, he was the Chief of Police at the HM Explosives Factory in Watford, where he would be awarded the Edward Medal for gallantry in rescuing two workmen. He retired from the Police in the 1930s and by 1939 he was working as an Investigating Clerk for the Unemployment Assistance Board. He died in St Albans in 1952, aged 74.



On the 13th February last an outbreak of fire occurred at the Watford Factory, at which explosives are manufactured. Burt, who was on his round of inspection at the time, at once rushed into the building, which was burning fiercely and full of suffocating smoke. He carried out Mixer Price, and immediately returned to rescue Mixer Morecroft, the smoke being then so dense and the heat so great that he was compelled to crawl along on his hands and knees before he could reach Morecroft. Afterwards he worked hard in assisting in the removal of explosives from the burning buildings.