Victorian Campaign and LSGC grouping to 2535 Pte R Burton Dorset Regt
Born in the parish of Braishfields, Romsey, Hampshire in December 1857. Burton grew up to become a labourer by trade. Having served in the Hampshire Militia, he enlisted in the 40th Brigade at Fort Elson on 29th December 1880. He was 23 years old.
On 14th January 1882, Burton was transferred to 2nd Hampshire Regiment. It was with them that he took part in his first action, taking part in the Burma 1885-87 campaign before returning home on 17th June 1887. He completed his period of service and re-enlisted, this time joining the 37th Regiment (Dorset’s)
Service in the Mediterranean and Egypt followed and on 19th July 1892 he signed on to serve the full 21 years. On 27th September 1893 he was sent to India and while there served in the Tirah Expeditions and the actions on the Punjab Frontier. He returned to England on 28th March 1898.
Despite having over 16 years’ service, he still was never promoted above Private. Transferred to the 2nd battalion with whom he embarked for South Africa 28th November 1899. His regiment would see plenty of action during the Boer War.
Burton survived another campaign unscathed and returned to England on 5th July 1901. He was awarded a Long Service Good Conduct Medal having served for 20 Years and 27 Days. Burton was medically discharged 30th November 1901.
A superb set of hard earned medals. Swing mounted for display. Medals and bars are all confirmed on rolls and in service papers
IGS Burma 1885 -87 Correctly scroll engraved = 1878 Pte R Burton 2nd Bn Hamps R