9 August 1915 CPL Alexander Burton VC died in action on this day

Corporal Alexander Stewart Burton

Alexander was born on 20 January 1893 in Kyneton, Victoria in Australia. He become an ironmonger.

On enlisting he joined the 7th Battalion Australian Imperial Force.

His death came about during an attack on Lone Pine, Gallipoli.

Following a counter-attack on the centre of a newly captured trench held by Corporal Burton and Corporal Dunstan and a few men, despite the attack the men repulsed tha Turks and rebuilt the barricade. Another two times the enemy blew the barricade, and twice more Corporals Burton and Dunstan repulsed them and rebuilt it.

Cpl. Burton has no known grave. His name is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial at Gallipoli.

An oak tree, and a bridge at Euroa, Victoria, are dedicated to his memory.

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