WWI War and Victory Pair to 21639 Pte. W. Burton K.I.A. (08.02.1918) of the Royal Lancaster Regiment SOLD
Condition - E.F.
William Burton was born in Royton, Lancashire and enlisted into the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment at Rochdale in 1915. He was placed in the 8th (Service) Battalion Royal Lancasters, who were part of the 76th Brigade of the 3rd Division. On reaching France in 1916, Pte. Burton was first to see action on the Somme during the Battle of Delville Wood on 18th July 1916. Later the 8th Battalion was involved in the attack on Guillemont on 17th August and the Serr on 13th November 1916.
Following this, during 1917 the 8/Royal Lancaster's fought in the First and Second Battles of the Scarpe, the Battle of Arleux, Battle of the Menin Road, Battle of Polygon Wood and finally the Battle of Cambrai.
Pte. Burton survived the terrible battles of the Somme and Passchendaele, but was killed in action on the 8th February 1918 in the St Quentin sector of the Front. This was just prior to the German Great March Offensive. William Burton is Remembered with Honour in the Wancourt British Cemetery.