Regiment : 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps
Service number : 7809
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 9th May 1915 aged 28
Buried : Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France, Panel 32 and 33.
Relatives : Son of Alfred E. and Harriet Burton, 2 Lichfield St., Stourport, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourport High School formerly in Stourport Boys School
Credits : Transcribed and researched by Adrian Carter.
Alfred served eight years in King’s Royal Rifle Corps, in India, Malta and Crete. Before joining the army he was employed at the Textile Island Mills. When on the reserve he worked in Wales for about seven months, but was called up on the outbreak of war. Wounded in October 1914 by shrapnel, he was in hospital at Le Havre for seven weeks. He was sent back to base for a time and afterwards to the front where he assisted in taking Hill 60. It is believed Alfred met his death on the 9th May when the King’s Royal Rifles were called out to support the Canadians. He was serving in No. 9 Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion. He has two brothers in France: Frank is serving with the 7th Worcestershires and Charles is serving with the 2nd/7th Worcestershires.
Source for additional information: Kidderminster Shuttle, 17th July 1915, Kidderminster Times, 24th July 1915, reported with photo.
An obituary for Alfred Leonard Burton appears in the Stourport Parish Magazine for February 1917.
A photograph of Corporal L. Burton of Stourport can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 23rd December 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Leonard Burton has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Le Touret Memorial.