Pte. James Charles Burton 1894 – 1968

Pte. J. C. Burton

James enlisted on 30th September 1914 into the 11th Battalion Service regiment, before enlistment James had served for 4 yrs in the West Riding Territorial Army. He en-listed into the Sherwood Foresters, Regimental no.17529.

Mr & Mrs J. T. Burton, of Sterndale House, Fairfield Road, have received news that their eldest son, Pte J. C. Burton, has been wounded in the big advance, on July 1st . He is now in Netley Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.

From the Buxton Advertiser

James had received a Gun Shot Wound to his right leg on 1st July 1916 and was returned to England for hospital treatment.

James had been promoted to Corporal on 6th March 1917, just 15 day’s before he was reported as missing.

On the 11th May 1918 the Buxton Advertiser reported:- Corpl. J C Burton, of the 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, joined the colours in 1914, and has seen much service, being wounded on two occasions.  He was reported missing on 21st March, but Mr & Mrs Burton, of Sterndale House, Fairfield, have received official news that he is now a prisoner in Germany. Many of his friends were much relieved to hear that this was so.

James had been taken prisoner at the ‘Battle of Bullecourt’ and had been wounded again in the Hip & Knee. He was posted home on 14th December 1918 and finally De-mobbed on 18th March 1919.

James Charles Burton was baptised in Fairfield on 2nd May 1894 to parents John Thomas & Mary Burton. In the 1901 Census James aged 7yrs was living at 3 Lightwood Road his father was an Engine Driver, by 1911 the family were living at 59 Windsor Road, James the second eldest of 6 living children was working on a farm as a labourer. In 1919 James married Emma Grindey in Ashbourne.



Lieut Stewart B Slater 1894 – 1958

Lieut Stewart B Slater We offer our congratulations, with those of his Fairfield and Buxton friends, to Lieut. Stewart B. Slater, son of Ald. George Slater, J.P., of Fairfield, upon his promotion to the rank of Captain. When war was declared, Captain Slater was at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and joined the O.T.C. He received his commission shortly afterwards in the K.R.R.C. He has now served in France for a year and is in charge of the Trench Mortar Batteries.

Report for Buxton Advertiser

Stewart Beattie was born to George & Sarah Slater in O/N/D Qtr 1894 registered at Chapel-en-le-Frith volume 7b, page 792. He was christened at the Wesleyan Methodist  Church on the 9th December 1900. In the 1911 Census Stewart was away at Epworth College near Rhyl, North Wales. Stewart was Gunner 300869  in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Stewart married Nora Irene Morris in 1913 in St Asaph, North Wales. He died on 10th October 1958, his probate left £6.774.10s.6d to his wife Nora.


Sgt G R Davenport 1896 – 1968

Sgt G R Davenport

Serjeant G R Davenport in Home Guard Uniform
Serjeant G R Davenport in Home Guard Uniform
Serjeant G R Davenport's Medals, sold at auction
Serjeant G R Davenport’s Medals, sold at auction

A Great War M.M. group of five awarded to Serjeant G. R. Davenport, 6th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire
Regiment – awarded the M.M. for the attack on Bellenglise and Lehaucourt, 29 September 1918
MILITARY MEDAL, G.V.R. (240236 Sjt., 6/Notts. & Derby. R.); 1914-15 STAR (1731 Pte., Notts. & Derby. R.); BRITISHWAR AND
VICTORY MEDALS (1731 Sjt., Notts. & Derby. R.); TERRITORIAL EFFICIENCY MEDAL, G.V.R. (240236 Sjt., M.M., 6-Notts. & Derby.
R.) some contact marks and edge bruising, fine and better (5) £500-600
M.M. London Gazette 14 May 1919.
Citation: ‘For very great gallantry in the attack on Bellenglise and Lehaucourt on 29th September 1918. This N.C.O. did excellent work as a platoon commander, being exceptionally cool under fire. His handling of his platoon throughout the attack, showed great resource and skill in use of ground and cover. The platoon
never faltered, and went through with great keenness and determination.’ (ref. British Gallantry Awards, The Sherwood Foresters, compiled by C. Housley).
George R. Davenport was born in Peak Forest,  Derbyshire, J/F/M Qtr 1896, in the 1911 Census he lived with his Uncle Robert Clayton and worked on his farm. He enlisted at Buxton. A Horse Driver by occupation, his employer is given as Buxton Lime Firms. He attested for the 6th Battalion
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment at Clumber Park on 18th September 1912, aged 17 years, 3 months. With the 6th Battalion he entered the France/Flanders Theatre of war on 28 February 1915. He was advanced to Lance-Corporal in
September 1916; Corporal in August 1917 and Serjeant in September 1918. He was disembodied on 27 January 1919.
After the war he was Sub-Postmaster and Newsagent at Peak Dale, Derbyshire for
20 years and also a Storekeeper at Ferodo Ltd. in Chapel-en-le Frith.

During the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant in the Home Guard. (See above photograph)

He left Peak Dale in 1949 and became the licensee of the Horse Shoe Inn, Fairfield Road, Buxton, later moving down the road to become the licensee of the Prince of Wales. Davenport latterly lived at 1 Monsall Avenue, Fairfield, Buxton.
With copied research, including a copied photograph of the recipient in his home guard uniform.

George died in 1968, possibly in hospital as his death is registered at Stockport.