Burton, Harry

Burton, Harry


Military History:


Labour Corps


Service Number:

Date of Enlisting:

Date of death:

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Harry enlisted with the East Surrey Regiment in September 1914, Regimental Number 1909.  In March 1915 after only four days of active service he was seriously wounded in the head at Neuve Chapelle, France. He was sent to England and received treatment at St Mark’s College, Chelsea. After a period of convalescence he took up duties as a telephone operator at Whitefield near Dover with the Labour Corps, Regimental Number 350256.

Harry survived the War and died on 23rd December 1948 in Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Harry was awarded the 15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                c1890

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire

Marriage:                      1st quarter 1916


Harry was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 1890 the second son of John Worboys Burton and Margaret Jane (nee Humphreys) Burton.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.  He was an enthusiastic footballer with the Ashwell team.

Harry married Edith Alice Simmonds in Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire in 1916. They had at least one child, Vera Edith M Burton, born in 1918.

Harry died on 23rd December 1948 at Birmingham, Warwickshire.

All three of Harry’s brothers saw active service in the War and all survived to return home.




Other references:

Royston Crow 26 Mar 1915  at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

Pte. Harry Burton severely wounded (in the same battle) in the head – in St Mark’s Hospital Chelsea.


Royston Crow 14 April 1916 (pic) Pte H Burton, son of Mr & Mrs JW Burton, West End, Ashwell, badly injured but now recovered.


Name:Harry Burton
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Death Date:1948
Enlistment Place: 
Regiment:Labour Corps
(previously East Surrey Regiment)
Regimental Number:350256  (previously 1909)
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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