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 Richard Henry Burton

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Richard Henry Burton

  • Birth 29 Jan 1923
  • Death 11 Jul 1993
  • Burial Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
  • Memorial ID 8128691

World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, British Army. At Monte Ceco, Italy, October 8, 1944, when an assault was held up, Private Burton rushed forward from his platoon, engaged a Spandau position killing three of the crew. Later, he disposed of the crews of two machine-guns, which made his company able to consolidate the position. Afterwards, in spite of the fact that most of his comrades were either dead or wounded, he repelled two counter-attacks, directing such accurate fire that the enemy retreated. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was promoted Corporal and awarded the Victoria Cross Medal in January, 1945.

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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 25 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8128691
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Henry Burton (29 Jan 1923–11 Jul 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8128691, citing Kirriemuir Cemetery, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .