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John Angus BURTON

Regimental number9880
Date of birth1894
Place of birth'Corunga Peak', Byrock, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBank clerk
AddressRobinson Street, Chatswood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, S Burton, Mount Drysdale, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as forward observation officer to his battery supporting an infantry battalion during the attack on the Hindenburg Line south of Vendhuile, on 29th September 1918. He maintained throughout the day the closest touch with the infantry, his battery, and group headquarters. When the left flank was driven in he rendered excellent service in re-organizing the line. Later he made a reconnaissance under heavy machine gun fire, established touch with a battalion on the left, and sent back an accurate definition of the general situation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1157 Pte Norman George BURTON, 7th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 12 July 1918; 2320 Sapper Leslie Cleveland BURTON, 1st Tunnelling Company, died of disease, 16 December 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 August 1969

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