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Burton, Cuthbert Ward (1832-1890)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BUR/101-102

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Burton, Cuthbert Ward (1832-1890)

Date(s): 1853-1873

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 3 files

Name of creator(s): Burton | Cuthbert Ward | 1832-1890 | Major-General (Royal Marines)


Administrative/Biographical history:

Son of Captain Alfred Burton (q.v.), Burton was commissioned as first lieutenant in 1853. He served in the WINCHESTER and CALCUTTA from 1853 to 1858 and took part in the Second China War. In 1858 he was temporarily attached to the Canton Constabulary. On his return home he was stationed at Plymouth, 1859 to 1860. Burton was promoted to captain in 1861 and to major in 1862. He served in the PHOEBE in the Mediterranean from 1862 to 1865 and was in the marine battalion in Japan attached to the IRON DUKE, flagship on the China Station, 1870 to 1873. He retired in 1884 with the rank of Major-General.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Cuthbert Ward Burton, comprising two series of letters. The first is of eighty-four letters written by Burton to his mother during his service on the China Station, 1853 to 1858, and the second is to his family, 1859 to 1860, 1862 to 1865 and 1871 to 1873.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in two series.

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased for the Museum in 1957 by Sir Eric Miller from a dealer, Edward Hall of Gravesend.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Burton | Cuthbert Ward | 1832-1890 | Major-General (Royal Marines)

Corporate names
Royal Navy

China | East Asia