Born: 4th July 1892, Ipswich.

Died: 16th July 1916; age 24; Died of Wounds – Bazentin-le-Petit.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1916 – France.

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Heilly Station Cemetery,







1901   Orwell House, Walton, Suffolk.


George was 9 years old, he was a pupil at Preparatory School. Headmaster Edward C. Paul.


George also attended a school in Cheam, Surrey and Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire from Michaelmas 1905 – 1908. Before he entered in to the family business at their branch at Manchester. At Eton, George’s House Tutor was Mr A.C.G. Heygate, who he also had as his Classical Teacher. George’s brother Bunnell Henry Earnshaw Burton also attended Eton from Michaelmas 1904 and had Mr A.C.G. Heygate as House Tutor & Classics.


George’s father was Bunnell Henry Burton, born 1858, Ipswich, died May 1943, Ipswich. His mother was Eveline Mary Earnshaw, born 1871, Hemsworth, Yorkshire. Bunnell was a director of the Ipswich firm Burton, Son & Sanders, a wholesale provision merchant based in College Street, Ipswich. He was Mayor of Ipswich in 1904 – 1905. And was knighted in 1934, for political & public services in Ipswich.


George married Dorothy Francesca Holden-White, born Hemsworth, Yorkshire. They had 1 son:

, April 1916, Chelsea, Middlesex.burton son

George’s son, George was to become chief executive of Fison’s Plc. He was awarded the MBE in 1945, the CBE in 1972 & was knighted in 1977.


George Ethelbert Earnshaw Burton is also remembered on the war memorial at Belstead, Suffolk. His death was reported in the Eton College Cronicle – Etona Non Immemor – issue 27th July 1916, and the E.A.D.T 20th July 1916.

George is also remembered on St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich War Memorial

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