Betty McCann, who volunteers at Wolverhampton City Archives at the Molineux Hotel Building, has carried out the research on this man.
Edward Burton was born in Wolverhampton in 1899. His father was Edward Burton, who was a Fitter in the Gas Works, his mother was Emily Burton.
In 1901 the family were living at No.6 Holly Court, Bushbury. By 1911 they had moved to Henwick Terrace, Shaw Road, also in Bushbury, Wolverhampton. By this time the family consisted of father, mother, Edward, Charles 9 years, Frederick Arthur 5 years and Leonard Francis aged 2 years.
Edward enlisted in the Army Training Corps on 10th October 1916, aged only 17 years, and was given the Reg. No. 3163. After training he was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry and given the Reg. No. 77579.
Edward was posted to France in 1916 and was reported missing in action in the field on 21st March 1918, and subsequently assumed killed. No further records are available apart from his medal index card. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, and on the Memorial located in St Mary’s Church, Bushbury.