37746 Pte William Burton, B Coy 18th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Born in Nottingham in 1888, William was living at Silsden, Yorkshire – where he was employed as a gardener – at the time of the outbreak of war. A married father of two, he was conscripted into the army (4/DLI) at Halifax on 9 August 1916 and served on the Western Front from the 22 November 1916.
Transferred to the 18th Battalion in December 1916, William took part in operations on the Ancre before being killed by a German shell whilst moving into the front line on 3 May 1917 during the Battle of Arras. William is now buried in Canadian Cemetery No 2 at Neuville St Vaast.
3 May 1917 killed in action
Research by David O'Mara