Richard C. Burton, WWI Veteran

Richard C. Burton was born in Piseco, NY on, a son of John Burton, born in Canada and Anna Courtney.

Richard enlisted at Gloversville, as a private in Company G, 2nd Infantry National Guard (re-designated Company G, 105th Infantry in Sep 1917) on 19 Apr 1917. He earned Private 1st Class on 10 May 1918. He served overseas in France and was in the battles of Ypres-Lys, Somme, Dickebusch, and the Scherperbert Sector. He was severely wounded in action on 16 Oct 1918 and considered 15% disabled at the time of discharge. He was honorably discharged on 29 Apr 1919.

He was first married to Mabel J. King, a daughter of Charles F. King and Emma Edmunds, on 31 Dec 1918, in Fulton county, NY. They divorced on 27 May 1921. He was married on 17 Aug 1932 in Speculator, NY to Mary V. Peck, a daughter of Robert Peck and Martha Barney. It was her first marriage, at the age of 20.

They moved to Wells about 1936.

Richard became ill on 15 Dec 1946 and died on 26 Mar 1948 in Wells.

Richard was a member of the American Legion (post at Wells and earlier at Lake Pleasant) as well as the Wells Fire Department and the Piseco Fish and Game Club.

Richard had four children, Richard C. (b. 19 Mar 1929) and Silvia Jean (b. about 1933), Guy L., and Emma.

His son, Richard, served in the U.S. Army Reserves in Korea

The bearers for his funeral service were other WWI veterans: William Lamkey, Harry Lawrence, Robert Christie, Hanson Buyce, Arthur Earley and George [?], Sr.

He was buried in the Higgins Bay cemetery.

Of the other WWI veterans listed as bearers, who are also buried in Higgins Bay cemetery, include Robert Christie, William Lamkey, Harry Lawrence; Arthur Earley is buried in Wells cemetery.

If you know anything more about Richard, or have any pictures, I would love to update my information!


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