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28 Jul 1875
Gainsborough Lincolnshire
Known as 'Bert', Theophilus was the son of John and his first wife Alice Burton. His father was born in Lincoln and his mother in Blackburn, Lancashire. It is likely that John married Alice (Tasker) in 1871 (J/A/S Gainsborough). They had at least three children; Fanny, John William b. 1871, and Theophilus b. 28 July 1875, all of whom were born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. In 1881 John (44), an iron moulder, and Alice (40) were living in Bedford's Yard, Willoughby Street, Gainsborough, with their three children, Fanny (12), John William (9) and Theophilus (5). John appears to have remarried by the time of the 1891 Census as his wife is named as Harriett (41) born Lambeth, London. John and Harriett were living at 51 Sandfield Lane, Gainsborough, and only John's youngest child, Theophilus (15), a brick maker, was still living at home. Also in the household on the night of the census were Emily Shepherd (18, b. Marylebone, London), described as John's niece, who was a dressmaker, and William Pycroft (27) an engine fitter who was a boarder. Theophilus joined the RMLI in October 1894 and in 1901 was serving in HMS Mohawk. He was discharged from the RMLI in November that year. Theophilus married Maria Sybylla Tasker in 1906 (J/A/S Nottingham). In 1911 Theophilus and Maria were living at 36 Baden Powell Road, Sneinton, Nottingham; there were no children of the marriage. Also in the household was their nephew John Tasker (22), a telegraph wireman for a railway company, and a married couple, George Welton (31), a warehouseman, and Ada Welton (25), a cutter (fancy warehouse), who were described as boarders. When Theophilus re-enlisted in September 1914 he and Maria were living at 124 Sneinton Boulevard, Sneinton, and this was still their address at the time of his death in 1918.
He was a Wesleyan Methodist. Iin 1891 he worked as a brickmaker. He joined the RMLI in October 1894 and by 1901 was serving onboard HMS Mohawk, a 3rd Class destroyer, at Sheerness. He was discharged from the RMLI in November 1901. In 1911 he was a warehouseman but joined the Post Office as a porter (stores) in March 1913 and was still following this occupation when he re-enlisted in September 1914.
25 Feb 1918
75196816 - CWGC Website
He re-enlisted in Nottingham in 1914 giving his address as 124 Sneinton Boulevard Nottingham
Royal Marine Light Infantry
1st Royal Marine Battalion Royal Naval Division. Formerly CH/8822 Private. Theophilus joined the RMLI on 16 October 1894 when he was 19 years old and served until 22 November 1901. His last ship was HMS Mohawk. He re-enlisted on 7 September 1914 (Deal Battalion), attached RM Brigade 12 September 1914-28 September 1915, and served at Dunkirk (20 September 1914-2 October 1914) and took part in the defence of Antwerp (3-9 October 1914). He served with the Mediterranean Exeditionary Force from 28 February 1915 until 17 August 1915. He was invalided to the UK on 23 August 1915 suffering from enteritis. He then served in HMS Prince Rupert from 9 December 1915 to 14 April 1916 but was medically discharged on 20 June 1916 (Nottingham Hospital) suffering from 'disease of the nervous system (complicated).' He died at home (124 Sneinton Boulevard) on 25 February 1918; cause of death, '(1) cerebral tumour and (2) hemiplegia syncope'. He was buried with full military honours in Nottingham General Cemetery at 2pm on Saturday 2 March and is also commemorated on the Brookwood (UK1914-18) Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 28 February 1918: 'On the 25th inst. Theophilus Burton (Bert), dearly loved husband of Maria Burton (nee Tasker), 124 Sneinton–boulevard, late Private RMLI. Military funeral 2pm, General Cemetery, Saturday. At rest, Canadian papers please copy.’ (britishnewspaperarchive. co. uk)
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