Harold Matthew BURTON
Rank: Private
Number: 268157
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Harold was the younger son of Dr Harry Burton, who was the Medical Officer of Health for the Marple Urban District Council. He had been studying to become a doctor at Owens College, Manchester (later Manchester University), but enlisted in the army in Manchester.

It is unclear to which Battalion he was originally assigned. His earlier service numbers were 34821 and 15356. The first suggests one of the "New Army Service Battalions" raised during the autumn of 1914. The second suggests the 1/5th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment and this is the unit recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. However, his final 6-digit number is definitely one allocated to the 1/6th Battalion and his date and place of death confirms that he must have been serving with the 6th when he was killed. An account of the action in which he was killed is here.

Harold's older brother, Frank, served with the Royal Navy and is believed to have survived the War. More information about Harold, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

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