Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Gregge-Hopwood D.S.O. and Major Stephen John Burton, 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards

July 20, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1917, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Gregge-Hopwood D.S.O. and Major Stephen John Burton, both of 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards, were killed together by a shell at Boesinghe in Belgium, a few days after this photograph was taken.

Lieutenant Colonel Gregge-Hopwood came from a titled family, his father had served as a colonel before him, and his brother, Captain Gerald Gregge-Hopwood, had been killed in March of 1915 while serving with the Royal Flying Corps.  Their line therefore died out, and the family home is now part of Rochdale College.  Educated at Eton, Lieutenant-Colonel Gregge-Hopwood, served with the militia during the Boer War before obtaining a commission in the Coldstream Guards.  He was wounded at Givenchy in early 1915 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and wounded again the following year, over which time he was thrice Mentioned in Despatches.  A fellow officer said that he did not know of “a finer officer in the army”.  From Middleton in Lancashire, he was 36 years old.

Major Burton was one of a family of four sons;  his twin brother had been killed in March of 1915, his eldest brother had been killed in the Boer War, and his surviving brother would die during the second world war.  Major Burton was educated at Winchester College before attending Sandhurst and obtaining his commission in 1902.  He served for several years with the Egyptian Army, and went to France in August of 1914 with the British Expeditionary Force.  He was severely wounded twice during the Great War - the first time at Villers-Cotterets where he was found by a soldier leading an ammunition pack horse.  The soldier managed to get him onto the horse and took him to safety.  From St. Leonards-on-Sea, he was 34 years old.

They lie buried side by side in the Canada Farm Cemetery at West-Vlaanderen in Belgium.

 

 

 

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