Date of birth: c1923
Parents: Percy George and Eva Burton
Address: 64 Emscote Road, Warwick
Occupation: Clerk at Warwickshire Constabulary Head Quarters
Douglas Burton was born on 26th December 1923 in Leamington Spa. His father was Percy George (1880-1957) and mother was Eva nee Smith (1895-1997).
By 1939, the family were living at 64 Emscote Road, Warwick. Percy is described as a “Builder – Heavy Work”. Also at the address is Douglas’ sister, Olive, who is a “clerk and short hand typist.” There is one redaction, which is probably for Douglas.
Rank & Number: Flight Sergeant, 1431822
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Brigade/Division: 76 Squadron
Date of death: 13th June 1944
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action during night bombing operations
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Marissel French National Cemetery, Oise, France
Commemorated locally at: Leamington College for Boys War Memorial and Warwickshire Constabulary Roll of Honour
Douglas joined the RAF as a volunteer in 1941. He was reported missing in June 1944 but in May 1945 his parents, writing to the Warwick Advertiser from their new home in Margate, said they were still uncertain of his fate.
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office