Biography

Birth date: 1894
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Minyip
Death date: 31 October 1917
Death place: Palestine
Final rank: Second Lieutenant
Service number: 379 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Francis James Burton was born at Minyip, Victoria and worked as a farmer before the outbreak of the First World War. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 22 August 1914 at Broadmeadows, Victoria. Burton departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 19 October 1914. He served with the Australian Light Horse in the Middle East. Francis Burton died on 31 October 1917 and is buried at Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 31 October 1917
  • Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 19 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Private Record

Burton, Francis James (Lieutenant, b.? - d.1917)

Collection relating to service of Lieutenant Francis James Burton, 4 Light Horse Regiment, Egypt, Gallipoli and Palestine, 1914-1917. Collection includes copies of letters written home to family in Australia. Maker: Burton, Francis James

1DRL/0168 (With records)

Photograph

H05903

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...

H05903

Digitised Collection

Letters from Francis James Burton to his Family, 1914-1917

Photostat copies of letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Francis James Burton, 4th Light Horse Regiment. The original letters were written between 27 September 1914 and 10 October 1917. In the letters, Francis Burton describes his training in Egypt, the incessant...

RCDIG0000217

Heraldry

Grave marker placed over the mass grave for members of 4th Light Horse Regiment killed at Beersheba in 1917

Aluminium grave marker in two pieces, which are intended to be placed one above the other to form a whole. Each section has a hole drilled in its four corners, to allow it to be screwed to a decorative metal cross of local Palestinian manufacture, which can be seen in Photograph H02322. The upper...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1894
Date of embarkation 1914-10-19
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-02-15
Date of death 1917-10-31