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ID number H05903
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin


Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Francis James Burton, 4th Light Horse Regiment. A farmer from Nullan (near Minyip), Victoria, prior to enlistment as a Private (Pte) on 22 August 1914, he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 19 October 1914 for Egypt. He served in Gallipoli and following the withdrawal from the Dardanelles he continued to serve in the Egypt and Palestine theatre rising through the ranks to become Sergeant (Sgt) on 30 May 1916 and Squadron Sergeant Major on 15 March 1917. Sgt Burton was commissioned as a 2nd Lt on 20 September 1917. 2nd Lt Burton was killed in action near Beersheba, Palestine, on 31 October 1917. He was aged 24 years.