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Sir Montague Maurice Burton

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Sir Montague Maurice Burton

  • Birth 13 Aug 1888 Lithuania
  • Death 22 Sep 1952 Leeds, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Burial Harrogate, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England
  • Memorial ID 26033484

English clothing tycoon and philanthropist. He was born Moshe David Osinsky,a Jewish refugee who,in 1900, arrived in England on his own,and aged only 15.He supported himself as a simple pedlar until, in 1903,he was able to open a draper's shop and general outfitters in Chesterfield selling ready-made suits bought from a wholesaler. Within ten years he had five men's tailor shops with headquarters in Sheffield and manufacturing facilities in Leeds. This grew to over 400 by 1929 when his company went public. Burton's continued to flourish in World War II when they were contracted to provide military clothing and uniforms followed by contracts to supply ‘demob' outfits at the end of hostilities when service personnel were demobilized, i.e returned to ‘civvy street'. It is generally held that the term ‘the full monty' derived therefrom. Although it is also widely believed that there is a connection between Burton's and the phrase ‘gone for a Burton' the derivation may be apocryphal. There was an RAF office over one of Burton's shops, where recruits would sit their exams. Anyone failing was said to have 'Gone for a Burton'. At one time, Hudson Road, just off Harehills Lane in Burmantofts, became the largest clothing factory in the world.At its peak, 10,000 people worked on the site, producing over 30,000 suits a week. Above nearly every Burton's store would be found Temperance Snooker Halls and it is claimed that their presence was a ploy, encouraged by Burton himself, to entice young men to ‘get suited.'He was noted for his concern for the welfare of his workforce and, in 1931 he received a knighthood for his services to industrial relations.The Hudson Road factory claimed to have the world's largest canteen and Burton's provided free dental and chiropody services for its employees.He died while speaking after a dinner in Leeds. His funeral was held at the Chapeltown Synagogue followed by interment at Harrogate Cemetery.



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  • Originally Created by: cookie
  • Added: 15 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26033484
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Montague Maurice Burton (13 Aug 1888–22 Sep 1952), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26033484, citing Stonefall Cemetery and Crematorium, Harrogate, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .