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Name: Maidenhead St. Ives Road, Maidenhead
NIWM Ref: 7882
RBWM Ref: WM119
Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Date of birth: 07/07/1889
Place of birth: Pilton, Devon
Gender: Male
Date of death: 03/10/1917
Place of death: Ypres Salient, Belgium
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 28
CWGC Ref: 877233
TWGPP Ref: 277215
Address: Widbrook House Sutton Road Cookham Maidenhead

Military details

Joined: Commissioned
Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 3rd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment
Rank: Lieutenant
Decoration: Mentioned in Dispatches
Awarded: /1916
Citation:He was awarded MID twice


Mother Lady Matilda Frances WILLIAMS (nee BEAUCHAMP)
Sister Frances Maria WILLIAMS
Brother William Frederick WILLIAMS
Brother Frederick William WILLIAMS

Additional information

By the time of his death Sir Burton was a Captain in the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment and he has been twice mentioned in despatches. His battalion had been one of the first to land in France in 1914 and had seen action in many of the most difficult engagements of the war. On 3rd October 1917, the day he was killed on the Menin Road, the battalion was preparing for the Battle of Broodseinde, near Ypres, which opened the following day - the most successful Allied attack in the Battle of Passchedaele. Sir Burton is buried nearby at Zonnebeke in Flanders. He is also commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Plot panel 38 - 40) and on the Heanton WW1 Memorial.
Sir Burton Williams' appearance on the Cookham War memorial is due to his mother moving to the village at some time after the war, when as a widow, she acquired Widbrook House. St Burton's background was elsewhere. He was born in 1891, the son of Sir William Robert Williams, the 3rd Baronet of Tregullow and his Galway born wife, Matilda. The family seat, Goonvrea Manor, near Truro, burned down in 1880 and Sir William moved to Heanton Court, Barnstaple with his brother Frederick who later became the 7th Baronet. Sir William Senior had two other older sons and a daughter before Burton was born in 1889. Sir William died at the age of 43 in 1903 and the baronetcy passed sucessively through two of his sons, who died young, before falling on Burton in 1913, making him the 6th baronet.

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