Burton, Robert Cecil


He was the twin son of Alfred Henry Burton and Ellen Amelia Burton of St. Leonard’s Lodge, St. Leonard’s-on-Sea, and 18 Manson Place, Queen’s Gate, and twin brother of Major Stephen John Burton (C, 1896-1900) Coldstream Guards, who was killed in action on July 20th 1917 (see individual entry). Another brother, Captain Maurice George Walter Burton (C 1907-1910) died on active service in 1942, and his elder brother, Lieutenant Arthur Burton (C 1891-1895) died of wounds at Belmont in the Boer War in 1899. Both Robert and Stephen Burton were at Mr. W.W. Radcliffe’s school at East Grinstead, and came to Winchester the same year and to the same House. He went to Oriel College, Oxford in 1901 and in 1904 passed from the University into the Army, being gazetted to the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade.

At the outbreak of war he was with his battalion in India, where he had been stationed for nearly nine years. He returned to England in the autumn of 1914 and crossed to France in November of that year. He fell severely wounded whilst crossing No Man’s Land on March 10th 1915, at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, and died six days later in hospital at Boulogne at the age of 32.

He is buried at the east end of St Andrew’s Church, Fairlight, East Sussex, not in a Commonwealth War Grave Commission grave, but is commemorated on the family tomb – along with his brother Maurice who died on active service in 1942.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Burton
  • Forenames or initials: Robert Cecil
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1896-1901
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 20th November 1882
  • Date of Death: 16th March 1915
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: FAIRLIGHT (ST ANDREW) CHURCH, EAST SUSSEX