Image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury Newspaper.
Born: 4th July 1892, Ipswich.
Died: 16th July 1916; age 24; Died of Wounds – Bazentin-le-Petit. Spent a year in France.
Residence: Belstead Brook, Ipswich.
Occupation: Engaged in the family business Messrs. Burton, Son and Sanders, at the Manchester branch.
Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1916 – France.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
1901 Orwell House, Walton, Suffolk.
George was 9 years old, he was a pupil at Preparatory School. Headmaster Edward C. Paul.
George attended Ipswich School – entered 1900. He 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 1905 – 1906. And was knighted in 1934, for political & public services in Ipswich.
George married Dorothy Francesca Holden-White, born Hemsworth, Yorkshire. They had 1 son:
George Vernon Kennedy Burton, born April 1916, Chelsea, Middlesex.
George’s son, George was to become chief executive of Fison’s Plc. He was awarded the M.B.E. in 1945, the C.B.E. in 1972 & was knighted in 1977.
Probate to Dorothy Francesca Burton – widow.
George is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School. 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, and on the war memorial at Belstead, Suffolk, and at St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich War Memorial and Ipswich school ww1 memorial
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:
The Somme offensive day 15.
The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolks 15th July 1916 regimental records:
While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O on support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion, exceeding two hundred.
This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 18 men.