Other: Distinguished Conduct
Medal Brother of
Alfred, George, James & John Burden Brother-in-law
of McEwan Downie
HUGH PATON BURDENwas born 24 Apr 1895 in Glenside, West Kilbride, to
parents Thomas, a gamekeeper, and Catherine Cooper Murray (who married in Symington on 30 Dec 1881). He died in Largs in 1976, aged 81.
On 11 Apr 1923 at 21 Hope Street, Glasgow, Hugh (27, gamekeeper, of Glenside, Fairlie) married
by declaration Jane Kerr Cowie (21, domestic servant,
of Allison Place, Fairlie)
A recommendation letter dated 1938 refers to him as gamekeeper at
the Southannan Estate, and later at the Blair Estate
In the 1901 Census, Hugh, aged 5, is living Glenside, West Kilbride with
parents Thomas (41, b. Kirkoswald, gamekeeper) and Catherine (39, b. Symington), and siblings, Thomas (19), James (14), Jane (12), George (10), Catherine (8),
May (3) and Alfred (6m)
In the 1911 Census,
aged 15 and a postman, he is living Glenside, West
Kilbride with parents Thomas (50, gamekeeper) and Catherine (48, m 30 years, 12
children), and siblings Parents Thomas and Catherine George (19,
apprentice gardener), Mary Ann (13), Alfred Parker at Glenside (10), Violet (9)
and Margaret (5
SERVICE RECORD Named
in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour printed 21 Nov 1914 and
the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour in Dec
1914 (Burdon, Pte. H., Glenside, Fairlie, R.S.F.). He enlisted on 3 Sep 1914, and his
medal index card shows entry into theatre of war on 6 Jun 1915, Balkans. On 16 Feb 1918 the Largs & Millport
Weekly News reported him with the Egyptian forces, and on 25 May 1918, that he
had arrived home from France. He was
discharged on 6 Mar 1919. He received
the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals, and was awarded the
Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1918. On
6 Jan 1920, at a thanksgiving to returning servicemen in Fairlie Village Hall,
he was presented with a gold watch, suitably inscribed, in recognition of this
London Gazette - 240600 Sergt. (A/CQ. M.S.) H. Burden, R.S.F., Fairlie: His platoon being ordered to intercept a
flanking movement on the part of the enemy, he most skilfully chose a position
in which he was able to repel a counter-attack.
His gallantry, fine judgement, and excellent leadership inspired the men
under him to the highest degree.
Hugh Burden with his grandchildren, 1972
Hugh Burden's Pay Book
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
12 September 1914 Two brothers George and Hugh Burden joined
the army this week, and a sturdy farm servant named Johnstone only waited until
the harvest was secured and then rushed off to enlist in the Black Watch. Who’ll be next?
13 November 1915 At The Dardanelles: The following is extracted from a letter
written by Sergeant Hugh Burden, Fairlie, to his father, who is gamekeeper at
Southannan, and is the first local intelligence we have got from the Gallipoli
Peninsula for a long time. Sergeant
Burden is in the Royal Scots Fusiliers:-
We are now on the rest camp for a few
days. The boys are enjoying a game of
football, but Mr. Turk has got his eye on them and is sending down a few of his
sawdust shells, but without any effect, although a few of them are landing
pretty close. We can hear the whizz of
them coming so we soon dive into our dug-outs before they get time to
burst. How are the grouse and partridges
doing. I saw a covey of 18 partridges
going over the firing line on the 28th September. If I had seen them before they came over us
we could have had a roast, but there is no need for us to shoot them for Mr.
Turk is there. It is funny to see them
here and the firing of big guns and rifles going on day and night. I have just heard of the Germans getting a
good slap on the nasal organ in France.
The cheering here was simply awful when the boys were told about
it. It is now six o’clock and quite
dark. We have all got orders to be in
our dug-outs by 6.30pm, as we are all to give three cheers for the success of
the British in France. All the guns on
the Peninsula are to fire a shot at 6.45.
The French are still cheering, and the guns on the Peninsula are
firing. The men in the firing line are
rapid firing. Each man can fire 15 shots
a minute, so you can have an idea of what it is like. The French bugle bands are playing away,
also, our pipe band is playing “The Cock o’ the North.” The French are singing their national
Anthem. Now we join and sing “God Save
27 November 1915 Toll Of War, Casualties: Intimation has been received by his parents
that Sergt. Hugh Burden, 1-5th RSF, Fairlie, has been wounded in Gallipoli and
is now under treatment at the Base Hospital.
Fortunately the wounds are not considered severe.
18 December 1915 Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: In a postcript to his letter, Sergt. Burden says:– I enclose a bit of
praise we got for scoring on the Turks by advancing 50 yards and building a new
bomb station where we could enfilade the Turkish trenches:- “The G.O.C. is very
pleased with the work performed last night in successfully pushing forward B
bomb station. Please information all
troops concerned. The Brig. Gen. Comdg.
155 Brigade wishes to add his tribute to the good arrangements, hard work, and
soldierly conduct of all concerned. He
is well aware of the difficultl and toil of such an enterprise carried out in
cramped surroundings in close proximity to the enemy, and he hopes that every
single soldier engaged realises that by his own efforts he has further advanced
the reputation of the 1-5th R.S.F.”
18 December 1915
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: Up to date, the
number of parcels sent out is about 95, and the most recent acknowledgements
received are from Sergt. Davis and Pte. Dan. McCallum (hospital), Driver J.M.
Fraser (France), Pte. J. Ward, Pte. J. Miller, Gr. Wm. Ramsay, Corpl. Blakley
and Sergt. Hugh Burden (Dardanelles).
29 January 1916 Sergeant
Hugh Burden, 5th R.S.F., Fairlie has again been wounded and is now in hospital
at Malta. In an attack on a Turkish
trench on 30th December, he was struck on the head by a piece of shell.
17 June 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: Letters of thanks have been
received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A.
Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh
Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan
McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a
postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.
5 May 1917 Toll Of War: We regret to report that five of the Fairlie
boys have been wounded in the recent fighting:-
Private Angus McLean, Sergeant Hugh Burden, Private Adam Anderson and
Driver Jones. The first named has been
wounded in the foot, but the character of the injuries to the others are at
16 February 1918 Fairlie Honours: News has been received that Sgt.
Hugh Paton Burden, R.S.F., at present with the Egyptian forces, has been
awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Sergt. Burden is a son of Mr. and Mrs Burden, Glenside, Fairlie, and has
been at one or other of the fronts for over three years and has been wounded
three times. We congratulate him on the
honour conferred on him and express the wish for his return home at no distant
11 May 1918 War Honours: The following appeared last week in the
London Gazette with reference to Sergt. Hugh P. Burden, who has received the
Distinguished Conduct Medal. The gallant
Sergt. is a son of Mr. and Mrs Burden, Glenside, Fairlie:
240600 Sergt. (A/CQ. M.S.) H. Burden,
R.S.F., Fairlie: His platoon being
ordered to intercept a flanking movement on the part of the enemy, he most
skilfully chose a position in which he was able to repel a counter-attack. His gallantry, fine judgement, and excellent
leadership inspired the men under him to the highest degree.
25 May 1918 Sergt.
Hugh P. Burden who recently was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, arrived
home from France at the beginning of the week for 14 days leave. The gallant sergeant is looking very fit and
in excellent spirits.
7 September 1918 Quite
a few of our local soldier lads are on leave from the Western Front at
present. Amongst them we note Dvr. J.M.
Currie, H.D.A.C.; Sergt Hugh P. Burden D.C.M., R.S.F.; L.Cpl. Norman Stewart,
72nd Canadian Seaforths; Sapper William McNeur, R.E.; Pte. David Boyd
(Allanbank); Pte. D. Campbell (Hawthorn Cottage), A&SH; also Pte. George
Miller, H.L.I., from a training camp in England
16 January 1920
Fairlie Service Men: Last Thursday afternoon, the
people of Fairlie met in the Village Hall to give visible expression of thanks
to the returned sailors and soldiers.
There was a full turn out of ex-service men and a large attendance of
the general public. . . . . . . . Mr. Cunningham then called upon Miss Jean
Fife to make the presentations. Sgt.
Hugh Burden, who had been awarded the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry while in
the Near East, was presented with a handsome gold watch suitably inscribed,
while each of the men received a gold medal