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3485   Private Thomas Burton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 25/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 02/07/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 33
Summary      
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.
Further Information
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 only nine months old when his father, David, was killed on the farm while ploughing, when the horses came back on to him.
Thomas, his three brothers and two sisters, all attended Derryfubble School, east of Eglish.
Family: Mary Jane Burton (nee Donnelly), David Burton (died about 1881). David Burton, Alice Burton (born about 1875), Robert Charles Burton (born about 1876), Mary M Burton (born about 1878), John Burton (born about 1879), Thomas James Burton (born about 1881)
The family farm at Curran was sold and the family moved to Belfast.
The 1901 census shows the family living in Belfast. Thomas was 20 years old. He was working as a labourer.
The 1911 census shows the family had moved to house 62 in Kashmir Road, the Falls, Belfast. His brothers and sister worked in the weaving industry. Thomas was a Flax Yarn Bundler. He was 29 years old.
His eldest brother, David, left home as a young man and did not keep in contact but some years after his mother died, he returned to Eglish in 1934 as a United States Army Major (retired).
He married and fathered a son, David, who later went to live in Scotland.
Thomas Burton enlisted in Belfast.
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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 by the British/French Army at Gallipoli, Dardanelles.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 29th July 1915
Mrs Burton, 62 Kashmir Road, Belfast, has been informed that her son, Private Thomas J Burton, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on 2nd Inst. The deceased's father was the late Mr J Burton, Curran, Benburb.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31th July 1915:
BURTON - Killed in action at the Dardanelles , 2nd July , Private Thomas James Burton , youngest son of Mary Jane Burton and the late David Burton of Curran, Benburb.
O God of love; O God of peace.
Make wars throughout the world to cease;
The wrath of sinful man restrain;
Give peace, O God, gives peace again.
Whom shall we trust but Thee, O Lord,
Where rest but on Thy faithful word?
None ever call on Thee in vain,
Give peace, O God, gives peace again.
When saints and angels dwell above,
All hearts are knit in holy love;
Oh bind us in that heavenly chain,
Give peace, O God, gives peace again.
Deeply regretted by his loving mother, sisters and brothers. Mary Jane Burton, 62 Kashmir Road Belfast.
Private Thomas Burton is remembered on Helles Memorial at Gallipoli in Turkey.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Curran, Eglish Benburb Born in Curran, Eglish 54.432262 -6.757894
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Burton family Lists Thos J as age 20 living with the family at house 264 in Cupar Street, Falls Ward, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Burton family Lists Thomas James as age 29 living with the family at house 62 in Kashmir Road, Falls, Antrim
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 WW1 - Eglish Roll of Honour Information about Thomas Burton
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