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RAMC profile of:
Charles Frank BURTON M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.

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Rangoon, Burma on 16th January 1889

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Rank: t.Col


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Outcome: Continued to serve after the war

Date Died: 14/2/1942 - a casualty of WW2
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Awards: MC; MiDx2

Gazette Reference: 16/9/1918; 29/5/1917 & 25/51918

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Charles qualified M.R.C.S., [Eng] and L.R.C.P.[Lond] in 1913 at the London Hospital Medical College. He was commissioned into the R.A.M.C., Special Reserve under the rank of Lieutenant on 19th September 1914. He mobilized on 7th October 1914 and entered the war in France on the 22nd. On 7th April 1915 he was promoted to Captain. He was awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in his skilful leading of the stretcher-bearers on all occasions. He has always shown great coolness under the heaviest fire.” After the war Charles took a permanent commission as Captain in the R.A.M.C. He was posted to Germany in 1919 and then to Egypt up until 1924. On 9th September 1926 he was promoted to Major and became a Specialist in Gynaecology in 1927. He then served as Gynae. Specialist at the Medical Field Hospital at Devonport from 1926 to 1928 and in India at the British Military Hospital, Lahore and Dalhousie from 1928 to 1934. From 1934 to 1937 he was the Officer Commanding [& Specialist] of the Military Field Hospital in Woolwich. In 1937, he was posted to China and was at Kowloon up until 1939. He gained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 1st May 1938 and became Senior Medical Officer at Shanghai & Commanding Officer of the BBMH from 1939 to 1940, when he was posted to Malaya until 1942. During this time he served as acting Colonel - from 23rd December 1940, temporary Colonel - from 23rd June 1941 and as Assistant Director of Medical Services at HQ Singapore Fortress from 1940 to 1942. He was reported missing in the Journal of 25th April 1942 and presumed to have been killed in action at sea in Malaya on 14th February 1942. He is now commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Charles was the son of Lt-Col John Adolphus Burton, L.R.C.S. & P Edin. I.M.S., and Georgiana Ernstin [nee Middlecoat] Burton; and the husband of Teresa Frances [nee Gelardi] Burton of Folkestone. [Photograph of Charles on his wedding day on 28th July 1915 - courtesy of Adrian Fletcher]

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