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Gunner William Burton

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Gunner William Burton

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 27 Jul 1944
  • Burial Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
  • Plot VI. C. 2.
  • Memorial ID 15216911

I believe William was the husband of Jessie Winifred Burton (nee Wild) of Newcastle upon Tyne and was known as Billy.

Jessie was a very good friend of both my parents and they promised Billy that if anything happened to him they would look out for her. A frequent visitor to our house, "Auntie" Jessie never remarried and was a lovely and kind lady. She was a clerk with Lloyds Bank and I believe that's where they had met. She died about 10-15 years ago.

They were married in autumn 1940 and he went out to Singapore where he was captured. I heard that she continued to receive letters from him quite sometime after he must have died, possibly not hearing of his death until after VE day.

His death was all the more poignant because almost all his former Lloyds Bank colleagues and friends in Newcastle survived the war virtually unscathed, including my father who spent 3 years in India.

Chris Morgan
Sheffield


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