Victor Raymond BURTON

BURTON, Victor Raymond

Service Number: 6479
Enlisted: 3 July 1916, 3.5 years 27th Bn
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia, January 1897
Home Town: Rylstone, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive cleaner
Died: Pneumonia, At Sea on HMAT Ceramic, 16 November 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
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3 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6479, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3.5 years 27th Bn
7 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 6479, 3rd Infantry Battalion
7 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 6479, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board

No railway employment record card can be located for Victor Raymond BURTON, (Service Number 6479), nor any reference to his employment in any Annual Report or Government Gazette listing. The 1921 Honour Roll indicates that he was employed in the Locomotive Branch.
He had been born in the Sydney suburb of Rookwood (now Lidcombe) about January 1897 and enlisted in the AIF on 10 July 1916. On his Attestation Papers he gave his calling as ‘Locomotive Cleaner’ and this is then the only documentary suggestion to employment by the NSWGR.
He left Australia on board HMAT ‘Ceramic’ through Sydney on 7 October 1916, assigned to join the 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion.
He died from pneumonia before the ship reached England at 1.40 p.m. on 16 November 1916 and was buried at sea at 5.45. p.m. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southhampton.
Upon arrival at Plymouth, England three officers and 98 other ranks were transferred to hospital from the ‘Ceramic’ suffering from mumps, chicken pox or scarlet fever. Travelling in close confinement on board a ship in 1916 was not a healthy experience.
(NAA B2455-3175065)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 16th November…… Victor Raymond Burton was born at Rookwood, New South Wales in 1897. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 10th July, 1916 as a 19 year old, single, Locomotive Cleaner from Globe Hotel, Rylstone, NSW.

Private Victor Raymond Burton embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 7th October, 1916 with the 3rd Infantry Battalion, 21st Reinforcements.

He died at 1.40 pm on 16th November, 1916 while at Sea on board HMAT Ceramic (A40) from Pneumonia.
Private Victor Raymond Burton was buried at 5.45 pm on 16th November, 1916 at Sea from HMAT Ceramic (A40). He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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