Lieutenant John René (or Ross) Cornelius Burluraux was an English officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born in 1891, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the son of French basket maker Eugene and Helene Burluraux (née Wehrle), of Germany. At the time of the 1911 census, Burluraux was working as an assistant librarian while living with his family at 116 Buckingham Street.

Burluraux died on 1 July 1916, on the opening day of the Somme Offensive, while serving with "D" Company, of the 27th (Service) Battalion (4th Tyneside Irish), The Northumberland Fusiliers. His battalion suffered particularly heavy casualties, some 20 officers and 519 other ranks, while forming part of the 103rd (Tyneside Irish) Brigade's advance from positions along Pozières to Contalmaison.[1]

He is buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery.


  1. Middlebrook, Martin (1971), The first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, p. 330.


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