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.