Private 775991 - Canadian Infantry
(Eastern Ontario Regiment) 21st. Bn.
Killed in Action 21 April 1917 France : Aged 22
Harry was a son of the late James Burton and Mary Ann Wild. His mothers change of name and given address at Hassock Lane, Shipley, plus service in the Canadian Infantry, troubled efforts to confirm true identity. Reportage nevertheless shows the young man was raised in Huthwaite, and kept residence at 3 Common Road while working at the New Hucknall Colliery. Moving to Ontario with aim of joining his brother James in farming, the outbreak of war finds both being recruited into the home Canadian Army.
Notts Free Press – 1st. June, 1917. PRIVATE H. BURTON, HUTHWAITE
Private Harry Burton, 775991, who left 3, Common Road, Huthwaite some time ago for Canada, was killed in action on April 21st. The deceased, who was 22 years of age enlisted with the 21st. Canadians, and on his way to France called to see his mother, now living at 3, Nottingham Road, Alfreton. Absence of regular news caused enquiries to be made, and a report was received to the effect that he was killed in action on April 21st. This news was received by the Canadian Red Cross Society on May 14th., and no further information is yet to hand. Private Burton worked at New Hucknall Colliery until about 19 years of age when he proceeded to Ontario to join his brother James at farming. The latter is now a soldier at home (Canadian) service.
Notts Free Press – 29th. June, 1917. (Summary) A memorial service was held to L/cpl E. Bower (N. Staffs) L/cpl A. Weston (KRR) and Privates George Stubbins (Sherwood Foresters) H. Burton and T. Phillips (both Canadian contingents) - Phillips was missing 12 months before he was reported as killed. - Burton had been confirmed in the Parish Church and attended its Sunday school before going out to Canada. Weston commenced his teaching career at Church Schools, and his love for his country was handed down unsullied from his forefathers. He was a promising youth. Bower- the Vicar remarked on the hardship of a young widow – the only married one of the five – and also the deep affection which had always existed between him and his grandparents.
Referencing and Links