Harold George Burton

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2/4th
Rank / Service No: Private, 202828
Died: 4th November 1918, aged 31 years
Buried: Orginval Communal Cemetery (nr SE corner), France


Harold was the third of 4 siblings born to Frederick Albert and Louisa Burton, who married in Jersey in 1882.

Fred was born on Jersey in 1857 and he died in Southampton in 1924.

Louisa was also born on Jersey, in 1859, and she passed away in Gosport in 1912.


There is some interesting information from the 1911 Census concerning the couple.

Fred is shown as “living” with a Mary Alice Mitchell (who is described as a Housekeeper) and her son Edwin Joseph Mitchell in Shirley.

At the 1901 Census Mary Alice was married to a Joseph, with 3 children.

Louisa is also described as a Housekeeper (and a widow ?!) and she is living in Gosport in the house of a John Curtis, who is a 49 year old bachelor.



Frederick A.   b. 1880 Jersey   d. ??

William   b. 1883 Jersey   d. ??

Harold George 

Edgar Charles   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 30 September 1927 Bournemouth   Married Frances Elizabeth Vewis Batten in Southampton on 24 November 1913.


The 2/4th Battalion was formed at Salisbury Plain in September 1914 as part of the “home service” (second line) units.

The battalion became part of the 2/1st Hampshire Brigade in the 2nd Wessex Division prior to sailing for India on 13 December 1914.


Having spent 2 ½ relatively low-key years in India, the battalion sailed for Egypt on 29 April 1917, landing at Suez.

The battalion then became attached to the 233rd Brigade in the 75th Division on 15 May 1917.

It sailed for France in May 1918, arriving in Marseilles on 1 June.

From the 5 June, the battalion was attached to the 186th Brigade in the 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division.


It would appear that Harold perished on the first day of the Battle of the Sambre, which was part of the final European Allied offensives of WW1.

He may well have died when the heavily-defended Sambre canal was reached. Orders were given to try and cross the canal before proper bridges were brought up to the line, and casualties were high.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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