Gunner Thomas Harold Burton

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    178 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

    Gunner Burton, a former yarn merchant's assistant, enlisted in 1915 and was posted to the Western Front on 5 June 1916.

    His battery was deployed during the fighting around Cambrai in 1917 and again in resisting the German asault of 1918.

    During this action, he was severely wounded in the leg on 21 March 1918 and died of his wounds on 25 March aged 22. He is buried at the Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery at Bailleulval, near Arras.

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    1. coldlunchuk 37 months ago | reply

      Commomwealth War Graves Commission lists the following
      BURTON, THOMAS HAROLD
      Rank:Gunner
      Service No:L/1649
      Date of Death:25/03/1918 Age:22
      Regiment/Service:Royal Field Artillery "C" Coy. 178th Bde.
      Grave ReferenceI. C. 25.
      Cemetery BAC-DU-SUD BRITISH CEMETERY, BAILLEULVAL
      Additional Information: Native of Nottingham. Only son of Thomas and Fanny Burton, of 50, Ramsey St., Scarborough.
      they can found www.cwgc.org/search-for-war-dead/casualty/18615/BURTON,%2...
      A photo of the his grave can be found here twgpp.org/information.php?id=2430605

    2. Nurselead 37 months ago | reply

      My great uncle James Scott of the Lincolnshire regiment was killed 23/4th March 1918 in German Assault, at Arras. Would this been the same assault as Gunner Burton. Thank You.

    3. Gary Donaldson 37 months ago | reply

      This photograph was possibly taken at the studio of Alan Rufford at 19 Market Street, Nottingham.

      178 (East Ham) Howitzer Brigade RFA went to France in June 1916 (commanded by Lt Col D H Gill [later Col, CMG DSO]) as part of the Divisional Artillery of 40th Division (119, 120 and 121 Infantry Brigades). 178 Brigade supported 20th Division at Cambrai in 1917.

      On 21st March 1918, back with 40th Division in Fifth Army, 'C' Battery of 178th Brigade RFA (also referred to as CLXXVIII Brigade) was amongst the artillery positions subjected to intense counter-battery fire on the first day of the 'Ludendorff Offensive'. Over a million shells were fired by the Germans in the first 5 hours of this attack, chiefly targeting British artillery batteries which had been accurately located by aerial reconnaissance and had been static for too long on what was considered a quiet sector of the front.

      The 178th Brigade war diaries June 1916 to March 1919 are at the National Archive, WO95/2598. A Mr Dave Steward at 'The Great War Forum' has a particular interest in 178th Brigade RFA.//

    4. paddymag1 37 months ago | reply

      The 1911 Census record shows him living at 41 Ewart Road, Nottingham which is still standing today. He was living there with his mother and father and 23 year old sister Fanny. He was 15 and an office boy at the time of the census.

    5. Gary Donaldson 34 months ago | reply

      'Nurselead' - Your Great Uncle, 38739 Pte James Scott of the Lincolnshire Regiment could have been serving in one of a number of battalions, including 1st (at Poziers), 2nd (at Bethancourt), 5th (withdrawing from St Quentin), and 7th (near Arras). The location of his memorial at Arras suggests he was in 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, but that is in no way definitive. This German attack, launched on 21st March 1918, called Operation Michael, threw 21 divisions, supported by intense artillery concentrations, focused on St Quentin, across an Allied front of 23 miles. This was the German 'Spring Offensive' aimed at achieving a decisive victory before the American forces could arrive in sufficient numbers to defeat the progressively weakening Central Powers.//

    6. czyzykc 5 months ago | reply

      Help piece together the Life Stories of more than 8 million men and women who made a contribution during the First World War at www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/

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