Born: 1918, Beverley, Yorkshire.

Died: 19th May 1945; age: 27; Burma; died as a result of Accident during the re-occupancy of Rangoon.

Residence: 2, Ransome Crescent, Ipswich.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 1439247.

Regiment: Royal Artillery, 56 (4th Battalion. The King’s Own Royal Regiment Lancaster) Anti-Tank Regiment.

Originally buried on the 19th May 1945 at St. Luke School, Toungoo, Grave No. B-6. Body later exhumed, identified and reburied 15th May 1946 at Rangoon War Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Rangoon War Cemetery,




Images courtesy of Kevin Knights


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frank & Elizabeth Garton; husband of Evelyn Lillie May Garton, of Ipswich.


Father: Frank Garton, born 1896, Kimberley, Nottinghamshire.

Mother: Elizabeth Garton (nee Atkinson), born 1895.


In 1941, Ipswich, Frank married Evelyn Lillie May Calver, born May 1920, Norfolk – daughter of Robert Calver, a baker, and Helen Kate Orion Calver (nee Lockwood), of Diss, Norfolk.


Probate to Evelyn Lillie May Calver – widow.


Frank is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo Church, Ipswich.


The 56th (kings Own) Territorial, Anti-Tank Regiment (RA). Saw service first in France May-June 1940 during the Dunkirk evacuation. Being an advance party 21st April 1940 of the BEF.

Ordered to withdraw to the defence of Dunkirk 27th May. 29th May 1940 saw action at Rousbrugge protecting the lock. 30th May the remaining unit were sent to the defence of Dunkirk.

On the return to England the regiment were first used as beach defence.

They were later shipped to India in preparation for the Burma campaign with 5th Indian Division. Seeing action 4th April to 22nd June 1944 at Kohima, Imphal and in the final thrust by IV Corps down to Rangoon.

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