My name is Neil Burton and I am originally from Swinton and Salford. I clicked on the Eccles Journal Google link and I was amazed to see on the very first Page my grandfather (who I never met) then in ascending order my uncle and a great uncle! The caption for my great uncle said he was one of four brothers serving, unless the paper had gotten my uncle confused as one of the brothers? The other brother may be called Edward?
My relatives are:
Robert Edward Burton MM - 11th Manchester (Home Defence)
R Bruce Burton - Royal Artillery POW Dunkirk
William Burton - Lancashire Fusiliers Signals Section
Thank you to the person who posted the pages of the Journal.
William Burton was the son of Robert E Burton, William was at Dunkirk and was shell shocked but he recovered sufficiently to recover and be involved in supply drops over France. He ended the war as a tank crew member in the Guards Armoured Division and was involved in the operation to link up with the parta's during Operation Market Garden. I attended his funeral at Peel Green and he rteceived a military funeral, Union Flag draped coffin and a guard of honour from SAS veterans? Perhaps that was to do with the supply drops behind enemy lines, I did hear a rumour he was a Load Master?
Robert Edward Burton (your grandfather) fought in the WW1 and served with the Manchester Home Defence during WW2.
John Henry Burton (you great uncle, Robert Edward's brother) was killed during the First World War.
JOHN HENRY BURTON Rank: Private Service No: 11014 Date of Death: 01/07/1916 Age: 20 Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers 15th Bn. Panel Reference Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D. Memorial THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Additional Information:Son of Robert John and Dorothy Burton, of 112, Partington Lane, Swinton, Manchester.
Further to the caption below the picture of R Bruce Burton "one of four brothers serving." We know that two of the brothers are: R Bruce Burton and William Burton. We have two to find. If you can provide the maiden name of your granny Burton we may be able to find the other brothers.
BTW, I do not think F Burton is part of your immediate family, he may be a cousin.
FRANK BURTON Rank: Private Service No: 6726 Date of Death: 01/07/1916 Age: 22 Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment 16th Bn. Panel Reference Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C. Memorial THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Additional Information: Son of Harry and Clara Orme Burton, of Rock Dale, Folly Lane, Swinton, Manchester.
Apologies for being something of a slacker regarding knowing things about my own family! I am working in Dover so I am out of the loop somewhat. I do have my Great Grandfather's discharge papers at my office in Hampshire, I will scan them in to the Site.
On the feed for St Peter's Church Swinton Lychgate there is a fair bit of information about the Button's. One of the other Button's is William RFA and served in Salonika.
The inscription R E Burton on the memorial was my Grandfather, he was posted missing, he was North Staffords and South Staffords, perhaps in the confusion of the war his name was added before his fate was known?
I asked my mother for the surname of my grandmother and it is Walters
The other WW2 era brother was Edward, he was a baby during WW1 as he is mentioned in a letter from my Great Grandfather after he wrote home after the sinking of the Royal Edward.
The F Burton may be a cousin as Folly Lane is adjacent to South Avenue.
Here is your family in 1901, they are living at 1 Lewis St, Eccles. As you can see your great grandfather is with his regiment in Africa (Boer War). This confirms Wendy's post on the St Peter's Lych Gate memorial.
His father a reservist .He had served 30 years with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. He was wounded in the Sudan in 1885, served in the South Africa War ,and in 1914 joined the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers in France. He was gassed , came home and was then posted to the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers in Gallipolli. He was on the troopship "Royal Edward"
There are three brothers shown: Charles William Burton..... Is this William? Robert Edward Burton John Henry Burton
Edward was probably born after your great grandfather returned from Africa. I will keep looking.