Burton, Stephen John


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, London. His twin brother, Captain Robert Cecil Burton (C, 1896-1901) died as a result of wounds on 16th March 1915 (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. He came to Winchester from Mr W W Radcliffe’s school at East Grinstead and became a House Prefect.

He passed into Sandhurst in 1900 and in January 1902 obtained his commission in the Coldstream Guards. From 1908 to 1912 he saw service with the Egyptian Army. On the declaration of war he went out as a Captain with 3rd Battalion as part of the original British Expeditionary Force. He was appointed Second in Command of No 4 Company under Captain George Tritton (D 1895-1899) (killed in action on 26th December 1914 – see individual entry) and left for the front on 12th August on board SS Cawdor Castle.

Burton was wounded at Villers-Cotterets on 1st September 1914 and was seen staggering back from the line. By chance one of the ammunition pack horses was coming along and he was hoisted onto the horse with some difficulty and removed from the battlefield. It is assumed he was sent on leave to England but on his return to France was wounded once more, and once again returned to England.  On his third return to France he was appointed Second in Command of 1st Battalion, Coldstreams.

He fell at Boesinghe, overlooking the Yser Canal, in the Ypres Salient on 20th July 1917, when the Commanding Officer and Burton came up to look at the line and both were killed instantly by the same shell in a communication trench. He was thirty-four and is buried in Grave I F 2 of the Canada Farm Cemetery.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Burton
  • Forenames or initials: Stephen John
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1896-1900
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Coldstream Guards
  • Date of Birth: 20th November 1882
  • Date of Death: 20th July 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CANADA FARM CEMETERY: Grave I.F.2