Ipswich War Memorial



Born:1882, Chelsea, Middlesex.

Baptised: 13th December 1882, at St. Jude Church, Chelsea. Parents: James William, a Fruiterer & Emily Burton, of 102, Pimlico Road.

Died: 29th August 1918; age 36; KiA. Served 2 years & 291 days. 

Residence: 823, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Commercial Traveller;

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 12th November 1915; Age: 33 years & 1 month; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the Duration of War. Height: 5ft 5ins.



Home – 12th December 1915 – 26th August 1916

Embarked Folkestone – disembarked Boulogne 27th August 1916

28th August 1916 posted to 1st/4th Suffolk Regiment.

Transferred to 4th Reserve Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment – posted to 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Home 6th November 1916 and sent to 3rd Western General Hospital, Cardiff – 8th November 1916 – Septic Hand – 13th February 1917 – 98 days in hospital.

B.E.F. 29th March 1917 – joined 1st Battalion 19th April 1918 – France – 29th August 1918.


Wounded in Action – Gun Shot Wound to the fingers on both hands 3rd October 1917 – 4th General Hospital – 2nd January 1918.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: G/18139

Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion.

Formerly 2661, Suffolk Yeomanry.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 7.

Vis-en-Artois Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1891   65, Pimlico Road, St. George Hanover Square, Middlesex.


Walter was 8 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

James William Burton, 47, a Greengrocer, born Wootton, Bedfordshire.

Emily Burton (nee Harris), 46, a Greengrocer’s Assistant, born Holborn, Middlesex.

Alfred James Burton, 16, a Greengrocer’s Assistant, born Chelsea, Middles.

Henry George Burton, 13, born Chelsea.


1901   40, Berwick Street, St. George Hanover Square, Middlesex.


Walter was 18 years old, a Stationer’s Assistant. He was living with his parents & brothers.

James, 57, a Lavatory Attendant.

Emily, 56.

Alfred, 26, a Furniture Assistant.

Henry, 23, a Lamp Maker’s Assistant.


1911   91, Kenyon Street, Fulham, Middlesex.


Walter was 28 years old, he was married, a Shop Assistant – Stationery.


In 1911, Walter’s wife & son were staying at Tilbury Fort, Tilbury, Essex. They were visitor’s to Thornton Howard Walker, 37, an Army, Quarter Master Sergeant.

Gertrude Burton, 28.

Leslie Burton, 1.


On the 4th September 1906, at St. Andrew’s Church, Westminster, Middlesex, 23 year old Walter, a shop assistant, of 40, Berwick Street, married 23 year old Gertrude Emilie Mason, born 1882, Fakenham, Norfolk, of 17a, Ashley Place, Westminster – daughter of William Barratt Mason (a caretaker and hall porter) & Georginana Mason (nee Savory).

They had 2 children:

Leslie James Burton, born September 1909, Fulham, Middlesex.

Nora Irene Burton, born June 1914, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Gertrude E. Burton – widow.


Walter is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.


Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Suffolk Regiment website

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment



Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion:

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