A Great War ANZAC Gallipoli casualty 1914-1915 trio awarded to Sapper F. Burton, 1st Field Company, New Zealand Engineers, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, who having previously serving with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards for nine years from 1887 to 1894, then settled in both New Zealand and in Norfolk Island in the Pacific, and having joined the New Zealand Engineers in England in September 1914, then saw service in Egypt from December 1914, and was killed in action at Gallipoli on 9th May 1915.
Group of 3: 1914-1915 Star; (4/49A SPR. F. BURTON. N.Z.E.F.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (4/49A SPR. F. BURTON. N.Z.E.F.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Frank Burton was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, and was originally as serving Guardsman (No.1043) with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards for nine years from 1887 to 1894, before marrying one Agnes Cecilia Fanny Burton, of Carn Friars, St Mary’s Island, Scilly Isles, and then emigrating to New Zealand, where he settled for six years, and then settled in Norfolk Island in the Pacific for a further eight years.
With the outbreak of the Great War, Burton enlisted into the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in England on 17th September 1914 as a Sapper (No.4/49A) with the 1st Field Company, New Zealand Engineers. Seeing service in Egypt from 24th December 1914, where he joined his unit, Burton was killed in action at Gallipoli on 9th May 1915. Having no known grave, Burton is commemorated by name on the Lone Pine Memorial, and is also commemorated on a plaque in the Holy Rood Church in Empshott, Hampshire.