Aaron Beaver Capt. RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corp) laid a poppy wreath in a simple act of Remembrance on the grave of Lt. Col. Robert Burnett RAMC who died 100 years ago on the 28 January 1915.
Aaron, a member of White Hills Lodge No 5209 and currently employed as a Liaison Officer at the Armed Forces Group in Preston, was contacted by a friend Mr Steven Williams. Steven is a historian and project manager of the ‘Chorley Remembers’ team who successfully campaigned for the erection of a statue which stands on the ‘Flat Iron market’ in Chorley, in remembrance of the Chorley Pals. Steven had in turn been contacted by King William’s College on the Isle of Man, who requested him to lay a wreath marking the 100th anniversary of, and thereby remembering the death of one of their pupils, Robert Burnet.
Robert Burnett was born on 9 Feb 1876 in Wigan. He attended King William’s College in Castletown, Isle of Man, between 1890 and 1892 and became a doctor and surgeon, serving at Rawcliffe Hospital in Chorley. He then joined the Royal Army Medical Corps reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Robert was also a Freemason and he was Senior Steward of Phoenix Lodge of Honour and Prudence No 331, Truro and Junior Steward of Royal Carnubian Chapter No 331 also in Truro. He died at the age of 39 after having been thrown from his horse in a riding accident near Exeter just before being deployed for WW1 and was buried in the family plot in Chorley Cemetery.