Private Matthew Burton age 19 yrs , of 12 Lindum Street, Hexthorpe, was born in 1894, the only son of Matthew Burton, an engine fitter, and his wife Hannah. They also had four daughters.
Private Burton served with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was at camp with the Territorial Army at Whitby when war broke out and the Territorials were mobilised for full time service.
He served in France and was involved in the ‘Big Push’ at Mons in 1917. He was killed by a machine gun bullet on 27th March 1918. Leaving beloved little sister Edna May Burton aged 7, The Doncaster Gazette of 12th April 1918 reported that he was buried by his cousin, Private Snow.
He is buried at Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne, northern France.