A collection of miscellaneous items relating to William (Billy) Burrell of Aldeburgh (1925-1999), fisherman and lifeboat coxswain, and friend of Britten and E. M. Forster.
William Burrell papers
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 1111 BUR
- Dates of Creation1949-1971
- Physical Description1 box; 6 files
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Billy was born in Aldeburgh in 1925. His mother's family were Norfolk farmers and his father's descendants of off-shore fishermen. Billy served the Royal Navy coastal service during the war, and worked as a fisherman and lived in Aldeburgh all of his life. Billy Burrell worked for the Aldeburgh lifeboat for more than 40 years, and was coxswain from 1978 to 1985. He was a long-time friend of Britten, and was rumoured to have been an inspiration for Britten's opera Billy Budd.
This material is made available under the standard conditions of the Britten-Pears Foundation. Readers will be required to produce proof of identity and to sign a Reader's Undertaking form.
Compiled by Judith Tydeman, March 2004.
Received from William V Burrell, July 1990.