The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Burton
First Name:
Edward George
Nick Name:
Eddie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7007
Company:
‘A' Company
Enlisted:
30.07.1940
DOB:
13.08.1922
Place of Birth:
Edmonton, London
Father's Name:
George Edward Burton
Mothers's Name:
Dorothy Ethel Burton
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan memorial, Panel 18, Age 22
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'E' Force Borneo
POW#:
1506
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No1 Camp
Date of Death:
21.02.1945

General Description

The Burton family arrived from England to Western Australia April 1926. Eddy was 3 years old, brother Reginald Archibald was 5 years and sister Grace May was 12 months.   Reg and Grace also enlisted in the services.

Eddy was a good athlete.

 

Quorn, SA. 11 October 1941. Group portrait of four members of A Company, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion in front of a train locomotive en route from Woodside camp to Alice Springs. From left to right: Charlie Parke, WX7007 Edward George (Eddie) Burton (died of illness on 21 February 1945 in Sandakan, Borneo, whilst a Prisoner of War (POW)), A. S. Parke, unidentified.

Quorn, SA. 11 October 1941. ‘A’ Company members, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion en route from Woodside Camp to Alice Springs. L-R  Albert (Bert) Parke WX7007,  Edward George (Eddie) Burton (died of illness 21 February 1945 Sandakan) Charles Spencer (Charlie) Parke and Eric Joseph Holst WX8678 (perished Sandakan March 1945).

Eddie Burton
Eddie Burton on right

 

Burton Eddie - Borneo visit by sister
Burton Eddie – Borneo visit by sister

 

Eddie was from Midland WA.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak
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