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  1. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    Hello everyone! My great uncle was Cyril Barton VC. I have always been drawn to & fascinated by the WW2 era. Just wondering how many of you have always been interested in the era or if you became interested later in life and why? I’d love to hear from any old veterans & their experience of war or anyone else who knew a VC recipient? I’d love to hear their story too.
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  2. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    welcome to the site!
  3. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    Thank you
  4. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

    I've had the pleasure of knowing several Medal of Honor, Victoria Cross and Knights Cross recipients.

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  5. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    Thank you. I’d love to hear of some of their stories, how many did you know?

  6. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Hi, welcome to the forum Anne-Marie. Just reading about your great uncle - what an incredible story of courage.
    To answer your question, I have been interested in WW2 since I was a boy - I grew up on a steady diet of War comics which probably gave me an overall interest in History as well as WW2. I’ve been a History teacher since 2000. I only discovered my own family connections to the war a few years back which led me to this site as I searched for more information. My great granddad was a POW for five years and this site has put me in touch with lots of people who’ve been able to help me out as well as feeding my general interest in the war. The level of research and knowledge to be found here is incredible. It’s a friendly place compared to many other websites out there and I guess the unifying factor is our genuine passion for the subject.
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  7. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    Hi, thanks for your message. So you’re a History teacher? Something I’d love to do! I’m a SEN tutor & a SEN TA. Just like you I only discovered my family connections this year! I only knew what my grandfather had told me so I researched & discovered Cyril! I was reunited with my family this year (Cyril’s sisters). They had fallen out with my grandfather for many, many years. I also discovered that his father, my great grandfather was a sapper in the trenches during WW1.

    Like you, I have always been interested in the WW2 era & I have a persistent fascination of this time period. Imagine how I felt discovering my great uncle’s heroism!

    You must have discovered so much about your great grandfather’s time as a POW. I’d love to hear his story, if you feel like sharing it?

    Many thanks
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  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Victoria Cross Medals, 1857-2007
    Name: Cyril Joe Barton
    Birth Date: 5 Jun 1921
    Birth Place: Elveden, Suffolk
    Death Date: 31 Mar 1944
    Death Place: Ryhope, Durham

    UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
    Name: Cyril Joe Barton
    Birth Date: 5 Jun 1921
    Birth Place: Elveden, Forest Heath District, Suffolk, England
    Death Date: 31 Mar 1944
    Death Place: Ryhope, Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
    Cemetery: Kingston Cemetery and Crematorium
    Burial or Cremation Place: Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
    Has Bio?: Y
    Father: Frederick James Barton
    Mother: Ethel May Barton

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  9. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    This is my great grandparents - Ethel & Fred (Cyril’s parents). My great grandmother is wearing his VC.
  10. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    I’ve posted quite a few things over the years - this was my first thread 7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders June 1940

    If you search my profile you can find some of the others I’ve added since since then.
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  11. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member


    Memories of Burn from a post of mine from a few years ago.

    ex-RAF Burn in news

    I used to live up Paperhouse Lane in the village, off the A19 on a small estate created in 1965........quaint name but now named for some unknown reason West Lane.It was formerly part of the domestic site being airmen's billets.At the entrance to the estate was two maycrete appears to be still there after all these years,albeit in a shambled state.

    In Selby The Londesborough Hotel,an upmarket hotel in past days is now reopened as The George had a Georgian look about it.It would have been the drinking hole for the squadron at Selby....there used to be a memorial seat outside as preciously stated..I would think the Wheatsheaf in Burn,50 yards or so from the airfield would have also been popular and was easily accessed from the T2 hangar on the extreme west side of the airfield...had a few drinks in both places but chiefly the Wheatsheaf

    No 578 Squadron Association website gives first class information on RAF Burn and its locality.

    578 Squadron Home

    W/C DSS Wilkerson DSO ,DFC was a well respected leader of No 578 Squadron.....another No 51 Squadron member who left Snaith to journey a few mile up the A19 to work up the new squadron.Unfortunately he lost his life in a flying accident.He is buried in Selby Cemetery with a few casualties from RAF Snaith.
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  12. Anne-Marie1

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  13. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    Thank you
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  14. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    Thank you for sharing this with me. I’ve posted a photo of the Selby Abbey memorial showing Cryil’s Plaque next to David’s.
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  15. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer We're Doomed

    I have started a new section on my YouTube channel about VC Recipients.. I think I will do a piece on Mr Barton next. :)

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  16. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    That would be fantastic! I’d be happy to help with that - info or pictures. Would love to watch it when it’s done. Thank you
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  17. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    When I was a youngster, I really didn't give a damn about WW2, or History in general. At school it was just dates of Kings & Queens, but at least they let me drop the subject by the time I was 12.

    However, in my adult life I slowly developed an interest. I'm currently interested in pre-Roman Britain, as this seems to be a period where some really interesting stuff is being discovered (e.g. at sites like Must Farm, the Great Orme Mines, and all that brilliant DNA research).

    As for WW2, it was only last year that I got started. Two years after clearing the family house following my mothers death, I thought I really must look through some of these boxes and see what I can chuck out!
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  18. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    70 Mount Pleasant Road, Maldon and Coombe M.B., Surrey

    Fred J Barton - 06 Mar 1892 - Engine Driver Sewage Pump
    Ethel M Barton - 17 Aug 1896 - Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Kenneth G Barton - 26 Mar 1923 - Apprentice Toolmaker
    Roy M Barton - 02 Jan 1928 - At School
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
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  19. Anne-Marie1

    Anne-Marie1 Member

    Roy Mervyn Barton was my grandad! So weird to see details of my family online. Thanks for posting :)
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