Lt Colonel Robert B. S. Burton, OBE, ED
SAC 1902-1907

A native of Toronto, Robert Burton was born on April 11, 1890 and attended St. Andrew’s from 1902 to 1907.

He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in August 1914, claiming previous militia service with the 90th Winnipeg Rifles. He sailed for Europe with the 8th battalion as a Lieutenant later that year. After the battle of Langemarck in 1915 he met King George V while recovering from his wounds. In 1918 he was dispatched to Russia by the British War Office to command the Finnish Legion in Siberia. For these efforts he was made Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was discharged as a Lieutenant-Colonel.

During the Second World War Colonel Burton served with the South Alberta Regiment and subsequently the Atlantic Conducting Staff.

After the War he was employed by the M. M. Dillon Company as a consulting engineer. He died at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto 26 November 1958. His granddaughter married a St. Andrew's Old Boy: Dudleigh Coyle ’67.

OBE
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

 

 

 

Burton, Robert Bruce Stalker, Major – Mentioned in Dispatches -8th battalion / RAF att North Russia – awarded as per London Gazette 31938 dated 11 June 1920.