Arthur Kenneth 'Boysey' Burton was born and brought up in the mid-Essex area. After leaving school he worked as a fitter at Chelmsford Gas Works before joining the army early in 1940, He died in a Norwich hospital in November 1942 from burns and scalds accidentally caused. His parents lived in Brook End, Springfield.

Arthur was born in the Chelmsford registration district in 1919, the eldest of three sons of Bertie John Burton (1892-1969) and Gladys Burton (nee Marsh). His brothers were Ryan George Burton (1921-2001) and John Burton (1922-1981); he also had a sister, Mary Burton.

In 1939 Arthur was resident at Church Street in Chelmsford.

Prior to joining the army early In 1940 he had been a fitter at Chelmsford Gas Works. He served as Sapper 1906975 in 556 Field Company, Royal Engineers.

Arthur died, aged 23 in a Norwich hospital on 19th November 1942, having been burned and scalded in an accident. He had been home on leave the weekend before his death to his parents at 6 Council Houses in Brook End, Springfield.

His funeral was at Holy Trinity, Springfield on 24th November 1942 and today he lies there in grave 835/6.

Arthur is commemorated on Springfield's war memorial.


Arthur Kenneth BURTON, Sapper, 556 Field Company, Royal Engineers

Died in Norwich as a result of an accident. Aged 23