Claro Times - 10th September 1915
Corporal Oswald Burton, of the West Yorkshire
Regiment, whose home was at 10 Chatsworth Place, Harrogate, has been
killed in action at the Dardanelles. This sad intelligence was
conveyed in a message received by his parents on Saturday.
Corporal Burton was 24 years of age, and
previous to enlisting was employed at Messrs H Dawson's, Princes
Street, Harrogate. He enlisted along with Leonard Dawson and R
Calvert, on August 11th.
The former subsequently received a commission, but
was reported missing at the Dardanelles some two months ago. Calvert
has been wounded by a shell in France, his brother being killed by
the same explosion. Corporal Burton's death will be very
deeply regretted by his many friends. He was hon. Secretary of the
West Park Football Club, prior to the war.
A letter received by Mrs Burton gives the
following particulars of her son's death :
"I wish to inform you how your dear son Corporal
Burton passed his last moments, being wounded in a retirement
when the fighting was at its hottest. An officer and some men,
including my son, were trying to keep the enemy at bay in a small
farm house they had taken cover in, when they heard some poor lad
calling for help and his mother some 20 yards out or more. The
officer asked for a volunteer to fetch him in. my son knocked the
loop hole down, sprang out, ran and fetched him in to safety. He
must have had a charmed life, as the shots were flying around him.
He was hit in the boot and uniform two or three times, but not hurt.
Your poor lad died in his arms four hours after being brought in to
The rescuer of Corporal Burton fetched a
doctor and stretcher-bearer, chancing being hit by snipers, and did
everything he could for the wounded man, whose last word was his
Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Corporal Oswald Burton (10288)
Born : Heckmondwicke
Enlisted : Harrogate
Residence : Harrogate
Died : 7th August 1915
Killed in Action
In Memory of
Corporal 10288 9th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince
of Wales's Own) who died on Saturday, 7th August 1915.
HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey
Grave Reference/Panel Number:
Panel 47 to 51