Arthur Herbert BURTON

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BURTON, Arthur Herbert

Service Number: 2870
Enlisted: 31 January 1916, Marched from Delegate with "The Men from Snowy River" to Goulburn to enlist
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nethercote, New South Wales, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Nethercote, Bega Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Nethercote
Occupation: Sleeper Cutter
Died: Died of wounds, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) - Flanders, Belgium, 29 September 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Pambula District Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 55th Infantry Battalion, Marched from Delegate with "The Men from Snowy River" to Goulburn to enlist
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 55th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
26 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 55th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, Wounded by shellfire evacuated to Poperinghe
29 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 55th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Yvonne Wilson

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Biography contributed by Yvonne Wilson

Arthur was the son of George & Lillian (nee Eggleston) Burton, of Nethercote in the Bega Valley. He was a sleeper cutter, played football, helped his father on the farm and was a member of the Pambula Light Horse Brigade. He joined the march of the Men from Snowy River at Delegate and walked to Goulbourn to enlist on 31st January 1916. 

After leaving Australia on the HMAT Ascanius in Oct 1916 he arrived at Devonport UK. He trained at the Staff College Bombing School. and became a qualified instructor. He left for France on the 13/9/1917 and reached the 55th Battalion by 21/22nd of Sept. By this time the Battalion was preparing for the Battle of Polygon Wood, where the ANZACs were a part of British and Dominion forces at the Third Battle of Ypres.

At 5:50 am on the 26th Sept all forces began under a heavy artillery barrage, the outcome achieved the desired results but with 5,770 casualties. Sadly Arthur was hit, both in the head and arm, taken to the casualty station and died of wounds on 29th Sept, aged 22 years old.

His sister Laura wrote in his obituary.

"He went while living still was sweet, without a stain,

I can but honor, cherish, bless his name."

 

 

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