1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
02/07/1915 (Killed in Action)
Thomas Burton was the son of David Burton and Mary Jane Donnelly. Thomas James Burton hailed from the Eglish/Curran area and was born about 1881. Thomas was only nine months old when his father, David, was killed on the farm accident. The family farm at Curran was sold and the family moved to Kashmir Road, Belfast. Thomas worked as a Flax Yarn Bundler. Private Thomas Burton was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he killed in action on 2nd July 1915 during an unsuccessful landing at Gallipoli, Dardanelles.
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.